(Reuters) - The U.N. panel of climate scientists agreed on Thursday to change its practices in response to errors in a 2007 report, and its chairman, Rajendra Pachauri of India, dismissed suggestions he should step down.
At an October 11-14 meeting in Busan, South Korea
, the 130-nation panel agreed to tighten fact-checking in reports that help guide the world's climate and energy policies and to set up a "task force" to decide on wider reforms by mid-2011.
"Change and improvement are vital to the IPCC," Pachauri told a telephone news conference by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
The IPCC has been under fire after errors in its last report in 2007, led by a projection that global warming could melt all Himalayan glaciers by 2035 -- centuries before the worst-case thaw.
The InterAcademy Council (IAC), grouping experts from national science academies, called on August 30 for "fundamental reform" of IPCC management and said panel leaders should serve only one six-year term, rather than the current maximum of two.