There is a BBC news article by Pallava Bagla titled Himalayan glaciers melting deadline ‘a mistake’ , which is worth reading. Unfortunately, it did not credit Madhav L. Khandekar as the actual source of finding this error (see). However, it is worth reading as it builds on what Madhav found.
UPDATE pm 12/10/09: Madhav has informed me that Graham Cogley is the original source for finding the error.
The article includes the excerpts below
“J Graham Cogley, a professor at Ontario Trent University, says he believes the UN authors got the date from an earlier report wrong by more than 300 years. He is astonished they “misread 2350 as 2035″. The authors deny the claims. Leading glaciologists say the report has caused confusion and “a catalogue of errors in Himalayan glaciology”.
“In its 2007 report, the Nobel Prize-winning Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said: “Glaciers in the Himalayas are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate. “
“The article quoted Syed I Hasnain, the then chairman of the International Commission for Snow and Ice’s (ICSI) Working group on Himalayan glaciology, as saying that most glaciers in the Himalayan region “will vanish within 40 years as a result of global warming”.
“Recently India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh released a study on Himalayan glaciers that suggested that they may be not melting as much due to global warming as it is widely feared. He accused the IPCC of being ‘alarmist’”.
The entire article is worth reading.