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Glaciers on Himalayas not to disappear by 2035
09:49, January 27, 2010  

Photo shows a bird's eye view of the Himalayan glaciers. (Xinhua Photo)

A UN climatic science body has recently apologized for its misrepresentation claiming that glaciers on the Himalayas will have melted away by 2035.

Working Party No. 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report in July 2007, indicating that as the Himalayan glaciers retreat faster than in any other part of the world, they will disappear completely around 2035 if the global warming continues.

However, according to a recent news report, this statement is not peer-reviewed scientific literature, but a direct quotation from a scientist's interview with an English magazine titled the New Scientist in 1999.

This breaking news immediately attracted a wide attention and the IPCC's prediction was queried by the public. The IPCC has now admitted that its claim was unfounded and those glaciers could not melt away in a few decades.

"In drafting the paragraph in question, the clear and well-established standards of evidence, required by the IPCC procedures, were not applied properly," said the IPCC in a statement.

Anyway, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, vice-chairman of the IPCC, noted that the broader conclusion of the report that the world is now seeing a remarkable glacier shrinkage is unaffected by this disputed claim. It will not weaken the reliability of related scientific evidences affirming the global warming trends and human activities' impact on these trends.

Source: Xinhua
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