"World's Top Scientists To Review Climate Panel"

"UNITED NATIONS -- At a tumultuous time in U.N.-led climate negotiations, one of the world's most credible scientific groups agreed Wednesday to plug the recent cracks in the authoritative reports of the United Nations' Nobel Prize-winning global warming panel.

'We enter this process with no preconceived conclusions,' said Robbert Dijkgraaf, a Dutch mathematical physicist who co-chairs the group, the InterAcademy Council of 15 nations' national academies of science.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asserted 'there were a very small number of errors' in the 3,000 pages of the beleaguered U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's last major synthesis of climate data in 2007.

But those errors, which include projections of retreats in Himalayan glaciers, have put public confidence in the panel's work at risk, and have been seized on by climate skeptics opposed to the U.N.-led efforts to conclude a legal international agreement on global warming this year."

John Heilprin and Seth Borenstein report for the Associated Press March 10, 2010.

See Also:

Academies To Review IPCC Work (AP)

"Science Academies to Assess Climate Assessors" (Dot Earth)

"World's Top Scientists to Scrutinize IPCC" (ENS)

"Panel Will Review U.N. Climate Work" (New York Times)

"UN Brings in Top Scientists To Review Ipcc Report on Himalayan Glaciers" (Guardian)

Review Won't Reexamine Errors (Washington Post)

"UN Launches Review Of Criticized Climate Panel" (Reuters)

"Update: Beefing IPCC Bureaucracy and Communications" (Great Beyond/Nature)

"But Will It Appease Skeptics?" (Huffington Post)

"Independent Board to Review Work of Top Climate Panel" (Reuters)

Source: AP, 03/11/2010