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Climate science mired in politics: Jairam

Declaring that “science is politics in climate change; climate science is politics”,Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh urged Indian scientists to undertake more studies.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
June 9, 2011 12:39:28 am

Declaring that “science is politics in climate change; climate science is politics”,Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday urged Indian scientists to undertake more studies and publish them vigorously to prevent India and other developing countries from being “led by our noses by Western (climate) scientists who have less of a scientific agenda and more of a political agenda”.

The minister’s remarks evoked a loud applause from over 100 Indian scientists who had gathered on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) premises in Ahmedabad,where a study of 2,190 Himalayan glaciers undertaken by 15 institutes and organisations in India was released.

Ramesh also took on the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),chaired by Nobel Peace Prize winner R K Pachauri,and the retracted projections that said the Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035.

The ISRO study shows the glaciers will be there “for the next 400 years”,he joked,adding “400 years is as bogus a number as 2035.”

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