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US climate envoy supports India's decision for its own panel

America's top climate czar today supported the recent Indian announcement to establish its own panel on the climate change, saying that any scientific study is a welcome move.

world Updated: Feb 17, 2010 09:43 IST

America's top Climate Czar on Wednesday supported the recent Indian announcement to establish its own panel on the climate change, saying that any scientific study is a welcome move.

"I think it's a good thing for countries to have an active scientific effort. I don't know what the details are. I don't know what Minister (Jairam) Ramesh or others in India have in mind," Special US Envoy on Climate Change Todd Stern said.

"But I think, obviously, the US has all sorts of scientific work that we do through our various agencies of the US Government," Stern said at a news conference.

The Special US Envoy on Climate Change, Todd Stern also said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an important international body, but noted the errors appearing in its lengthy report are regrettable.

"I think the IPCC as an institution has made a very large contribution and I think it's an important body that will continue and that is very representative of countries all over the world," Stern said in response to a question.

Observing that the IPCC has made a very important contribution, he said: "To the extent that any errors appear in their lengthy report, I think that's regrettable."

The IPCC as an institution has been quite important and will continue to be important, he added.

"I think that the scientific underpinning for action on climate change, the fundamental science of climate change and the observed data, is quite overwhelming."