Himalayan glacier meltdown: gospel truth?
Twenty-five years from now, the Himalayan glaciers would have almost disappeared. Almost.
Perhaps that foreboding has been stifled. The U.N. body which issued an alarmist warning that the Himalayan glaciers might vanish by 2035 due to climate change is re-examining its report.
Controversy surrounding climate scientists and their reports is nothing new. Not too long ago, a team of hackers exposed a conspiracy by prominent American and British scientists trying to put global warming in the spotlight with the help of statistical “tricks”.
But is the latest controversy over the Himalayan glaciers just a case of foot-in-mouth or are there more skeletons hiding in the cupboard?
Does this raise questions about the merit of scientific reports?
At the moment though, it’s not just the critics who feel the 2007 IPCC report may have exaggerated.
Last year, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had disputed the Pachauri-led team’s findings while releasing another report, one that said there was no evidence climate change had caused abnormal shrinking of Himalayan glaciers.
Should an independent team of glaciologists try and find out who’s right?