But, according to a report in New Scientist, Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC’s chairman, has hit back, denouncing the Indian government report as “voodoo science” lacking peer review.
He adds that “we have a very clear idea of what is happening” in the Himalayas.
Also, the lead author of the IPCC chapter, Indian glaciologist Murari Lal, told New Scientist that he “outright rejected” the notion that the IPCC was off the mark on Himalayan glaciers.
“The IPCC authors did exactly what was expected from them,” he said.
“We relied rather heavily on grey (not peer-reviewed) literature, including the WWF report,” Lal said. “The error, if any, lies with Dr Hasnain’s assertion and not with the IPCC authors,” he added.
The Guardian, 20th January 2010:-
The UN's climate science body has admitted that a claim made in its 2007 report - that Himalayan glaciers could melt away by 2035 - was unfounded.
So, the lead author of the IPCC report, one of these people we're just supposed to trust about AGW got it completely and utterly wrong and defended something for which there was no scientific evidence whatsoever. And we're supposed to make decisions running into billions of dollars based on the quality of what they're producing?