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There is "virtually no possibility" of a few scientists biasing the advice given to governments by the UN's top global warming body, its chair said today.
Pachauri said the large number of contributors and rigorous peer review mechanism adopted by the IPCC meant that any bias would be rapidly uncovered.
Despite the incident, which rocked international headlines last week, climate science is sound, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stressed this afternoon, and the White House nonetheless believes "climate change is happening." "I don't think that's anything that is, quite frankly, among most people, in dispute anymore," he said during Monday's press briefing.
A scientific debate has been triggered over the state of glaciers in the Himalayas.
Some recent findings seem to contradict claims that the glaciers are retreating rapidly. Some glaciers are even said to be advancing.
There are clear signs of glacial retreat and ice melt from other parts of the world, but few field studies have been carried out in the Himalayas.
Its glaciers too were widely believed to be receding fast.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had said that Himalayan glaciers were receding faster than in any other part of the world.
The panel observed: "If the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate."
This report sparked concerns that there could be increased flooding in the short term, as glacial lakes suddenly overflowed.
In the longer term, major glacier-fed rivers, it was feared, would run dry, affecting millions in the region.
Originally posted by plumranchRobust, inclusive? But fraudulent?
It's not about science, or data, or even ecology; it's about revenue flow.