Rajendra Pachauri, the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will defend his handling of a crisis that has shaken the world’s faith in his organisation at a meeting of environmental leaders in Bali.
By Geoffrey Lean
He will try to save his job and shore up support for the IPCC in the wake of the discovery of errors in its latest report.
He is attending a special closed meeting of environment and climate ministers in the fringes of the annual assembly of the United Nations Environment Programmeâ€™s (UNEP) Governing Council, the biggest such event since Copenhagen climate summit that ended in confusion and recriminations last December.
The governments are publicly backing Dr Pachauri, who they re-elected unopposed less than 18 months ago – the EU said last night that he had â€œdone a good job, in generalâ€ and â€œdeserves full confidenceâ€.Â However privately, officials have expressed a wish that he will decide to step down before long.
The IPCC was engulfed in crisis when it emerged that it had relied on unsubstantiated reports from environmental groups to make a headline-grabbing prediction that the glaciers of the Himalayas would disappear by 2035.
Dr Pachauri’s robust response to counterclaims that that the glaciers were not melting so rapidly – which he dismissed as â€œvoodoo scienceâ€ â€“ only increased pressure on his position.