UN to order climate change panel review

The United Nations is to review the operations of its climate change panel (IPPC), as a result of the error over the rate at which Himalayan glaciers are melting, which gave ammunition to climate change nay-sayers determined to play dumb.

Nick Nuttall, of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) told Reuters: said the review panel should be made up of "senior scientific figures. I can't name who they are right now. It should do a review of the IPCC, produce a report by, say, August and there is a plenary of the IPCC in South Korea in October. The report will go there for adoption.

He said member states wanted the panel to be, "fully independent and not appointed by the IPCC, but appointed by an independent group of scientists themselves."

The IPCC came under fire for passing on estimates from the WWF that Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035 in its 2007 report. The review will examine the inclusion of such third-party reports - known as grey literature in its reports.

Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP, said the problem had been blown out of proportion by media sceptics and grey literature has a place in the reporting mechanism. The IPPC's 2007, said it was 90per cent certain that human activities are causing global warming.

Nuttall said, hopefully: "I think we are bringing some level of closure to this issue."