Posted by Co2sceptic on Feb 2nd 2010
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Just over two years after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the United Nations panel on climate change is undergoing a period of soul-searching.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has always been a target for climate-change sceptics. In recent weeks, however, criticism has mounted and the panel admitted to a glaring error in its last comprehensive report, released in 2007, which says that Himalayan glaciers are likely to melt completely by 2035 (see Nature 463, 276–277; 2010). On top of that, its chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, is under pressure to resign because the institute he directs, the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, has ties with companies that could benefit from climate policies.

In response, many climate scientists — including a number already involved in the next IPCC assessment, due in 2014 — have been putting forward ideas about how the panel might reconsider its rules and procedures. The hope is to reduce errors in the final product and create policies on potential conflicts of interest.

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