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UN orders independent probe into IPCC

The UN is to commission an independent group of top scientists to review its climate change panel, which has been under fire since it admitted a mistake over melting Himalayan glaciers.

world Updated: Feb 28, 2010 02:32 IST

The UN is to commission an independent group of top scientists to review its climate change panel, which has been under fire since it admitted a mistake over melting Himalayan glaciers.

The experts will look at the way the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) operates and will recommend where they think changes are needed.

Nick Nuttall, of the United Nations Environment Programme told Reuters the terms of references for the panel would be announced next week.

In an emailed statement, IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri said “The proposal to set up such an independent committee was conveyed to governments by the IPCC Secretariat in a communication dated February 16.”

The IPCC reviews climate change science on behalf of the world's governments.

Nuttall said the IPCC’s broader review will examine its use of reports from outside conventional academic journals, so-called ‘grey literature’. A report from campaign group WWF is blamed for introducing the false statement that Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035 into the IPCC’s 2007 report.