A great many scientists have invested much time and effort to secure funding for grants to study this oncoming catastrophe, outlined in the IPCC, and a "study" in 2007 supervised by railwayman Pachauri said that Himalayan glaciers will melt and swamp the Indian subcontinent with disastrous floods by the year 2035, just 24 short years to doomsday.
But, hark, a new study by the Universities of California and Potsdam conclude that a reprieve from doom is at hand:
...more than 50 per cent of observed glaciers in the Karakoram region in the northwestern Himalaya are advancing or stable.
"Our study shows that there is no uniform response of Himalayan glaciers to climate change and highlights the importance of debris cover for understanding glacier retreat, an effect that has so far been neglected in predictions of future water availability or global sea level," the authors concluded.
Dr Bookhagen said their report had shown "there is no stereotypical Himalayan glacier" in contrast to the UN's climate change report which, he said, "lumps all Himalayan glaciers together."
Dr Pachauri, head of the Nobel prize-winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has remained silent on the matter since he was forced to admit his report's claim that the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 was an error and had not been sourced from a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It came from a World Wildlife Fund report.
He angered India's environment minister and the country's leading glaciologist when he attacked those who questioned his claim as purveyors of "voodoo science".
The environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had cited research indicating some Himalayan glaciers were advancing in the face of the UN's claim.
Of course, voodoo science and voodoo economics always get you disqualified from Nobel Prizes, as the wealthy Pachauri, who benefits from several carbon credit scams and now counts himself a millionaire [and not in rupees!].
Al Gore, Yasser Arafat, IAEA hero El-Baradei, Barack Obama, the list of Nobel heroes is long and Pachauri can always point to the five Norwegian women on the panel and thank them for making him even richer.