UN climate chief Rajendra Pachauri 'got grants through bogus claims'

pachauriBy Jonathan Leake

The chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has used bogus claims that Himalayan glaciers were melting to win grants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Rajendra Pachauri’s Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), based in New Delhi, was awarded up to £310,000 by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the lion’s share of a £2.5m EU grant funded by European taxpayers.

It means that EU taxpayers are funding research into a scientific claim about glaciers that any ice researcher should immediately recognise as bogus. The revelation comes just a week after The Sunday Times highlighted serious scientific flaws in the IPCC’s 2007 benchmark report on the likely impacts of global warming.

The IPCC had warned that climate change was likely to melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 – an idea considered ludicrous by most glaciologists. Last week a humbled IPCC retracted that claim and corrected its report.
Since then, however, The Sunday Times has discovered that the same bogus claim has been cited in grant applications for TERI.

One of them, announced earlier this month just before the scandal broke, resulted in a £310,000 grant from Carnegie.

Read the rest of this story at the Sunday Times.

6 Responses to UN climate chief Rajendra Pachauri 'got grants through bogus claims'

  1. Mr. Xyz January 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

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    Glaciergate: Hitler’s Last Straw


  2. Cubanshamoo January 26, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    NO COMMENT, what else we could say?

  3. Hal Groar January 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    Let’s see…climategate, glacciergate, sealevelgate, ippcgate, there are a lot of “gates” here. I want to start a pool on the next gate to be exposed…I hear Canada has only one thermometer recording all temps for the country…2 to 1 on Canadagate. This will be fun, nothing like watching a scam exposed!

  4. paul wenum January 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    “Grants through bogus claims.” What’s new? Never changes. Follow the money.

  5. Dan McGrath January 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    The “gate” thing does get old, especially since the first one didn’t involve any kind of water scandal. It’s the name of the hotel that housed the DNC offices that were broken into. What are you going to do?

  6. paul wenum January 28, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    What am I going to do? Vote come November.

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