India to have own panel on climate change
India would soon have its very own panel on climate change, union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh announced on Thursday and added that the country could not depend only on reports from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
« There is a fine line between climate science and climate evangelism. I am all for climate science but not for climate evangelism. I think people misused the IPCC report, » Ramesh told a news channel here.
Stressing that the IPCC’s weakness was that it didn’t do original research and derives assessments from published literature, the minister announced a climate change panel for India.
He said that IPCC has « had goof-ups on the glaciers, on the Amazon, on the snow peaks. » However, he added that the IPCC with a network of 200 scientists worldwide was « a responsible body ».
« I respect the IPCC. At the same time India is a large country… we can’t depend only on IPCC. So we have launched the Indian Network on Comprehensive Climate Change Assessment … It’s got 125 research institutions from across the country. We will have international collaborations. It’s a kind of an Indian IPCC and not a rival to the IPCC. We will do our own assessment, » Ramesh explained.