Pachauri a climate evangelist, says Jairam

Government may stop funding TERI, announces new bodies to research and monitor climate issues

GN Bureau | February 4, 2010

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday declared that the government would not go by "climate evangelists" like R K Pachauri but would have its own bodies to scientifically assess impact of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers.

He announced setting up of National Institute of Himalayan Glaciology in Dehra Dun for monitoring and research and Indian Network on Comprehensive Climate Change Assessment (INCCA) to assess climate damages and give its first report by November.

The announcements came amid indications that the environment ministry is all set to withdraw its funding to the IPCC as well as The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) that Pachauri heads.

Ramesh chided Pachauri-headed United Nations' Integovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for creating panic by a misleading prediction of total meltdown of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035. Undoubtedly, the IPCC warning was not based on science, he asserted.

“A country like India cannot depend only on IPCC”, he said adding that the IPCC took published literature as the basis for its warnings and so made goof-ups about Himalayan glacier, Amazon and snow peaks.

“There is a difference between climate science and climate evangelism,” he told a TV news channel, pointing out that the Dehra Dun institute will address everybody's concern over health of glaciers since they are melting and retreating, threatening water security.



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