U.N. Climate Change Chief Takes IPCC to Task

NEW DELHI--Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) expressed "regret" for having erred when it stated in a 2007 global review that Himalayan glaciers were "very likely" to melt by 2035. Now the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the policymaking body that relies on IPCC's findings, is weighing in on the growing controversy. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer had this to say in an e-mail to Science:

"The credibility of the IPCC depends on the thoroughness with which its procedures are adhered to. The procedures have been violated in this case. That must not be allowed to happen again because the credibility of climate change policy can only be based on credible science. Nobody is denying that the Himalayan glaciers are disappearing fast as a result of climate change. What is happening now is comparable with the Titanic sinking more slowly than expected. But that does not alter the inevitable consequences, unless rigorous action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is taken."

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