NEW DELHI, November 10, 2009 (AFP) – India’s environment minister said there was no scientific proof to support the idea that the melting of Himalayan glaciers was being caused by global warming, reports said Tuesday.
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“There is no conclusive scientific evidence to link global warming and Himalayan glaciers,” business daily Live Mint quoted Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh as saying.
Ramesh released research on Himalayan glaciers in New Delhi on Monday that disputes the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), regarded as the world’s top authority on climate change.
The IPCC, a United Nations body, has warned the glaciers are receding faster than in any other part of the world and could “disappear altogether by 2035 if not sooner”.
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“The health of the Himalayan glaciers is poor, but according to the paper the doomsday prediction of the IPCC and Al Gore is also not correct,” Ramesh said, referring to former US vice president and climate campaigner Al Gore.
He admitted some glaciers were receding but the rate was not “historically alarming” as projected by the IPCC, the Hindustan Times daily reported. “Nothing abnormal is happening to Indian glaciers,” said Vijay Kumar Rain