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article imageUN climate panel retracts claim of melting Himalayas glaciers

By Gordon K. Chan     Jan 24, 2010 in Science
Millions of dollars were granted to support the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) erroneous claims, one that stated that the Himalayan Glaciers would melt by 2035.
It can be described as inconvenient times for the IPCC. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, has apologized for receiving grants by the Carnegie Corporation in New York and the European Union, to fund research that evidently had scientific flaws on reports of global warming.
A Times article states that claims in the report warned people of South Asia that rivers vital to their populations were in jeopardy because of the dangerous melting rate of the glaciers.
The report concludes that widespread water shortages were imminent in 40 years due to this problem.
These assertions were used to acquire grant money, specifically, the Carnegie Corporation which aids research into "the potential security and humanitarian impact on the region".
The IPCC have now retracted their claim and revised their stance, stating that if the threat would to exist, it would take centuries.
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