Rajendra Pachauri to defend handling of IPCC after climate change science row

pachauriRajendra 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 Programme’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 “done a good job, in general” and “deserves full confidence”.  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 “voodoo science” – only increased pressure on his position.

Read the rest of this article at the Telegraph.

12 Responses to Rajendra Pachauri to defend handling of IPCC after climate change science row

  1. klem February 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    I can hardly wait for him to get up there in front of all of those reporters, and bomb. He might even get up there and promote his new porn novel. No matter what he says he has no credibility anymore. He should step down, but I’m hoping he stays because the person who replaces him might actually be good. The skeptics need this guy to stay as the head of the UN IPCC to ensure it’s total failure.

  2. Neil F. AGWD/BSD February 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

    They call them errors? No, an error is when you add 2+2 and get 5. That’s an error. I think they should be called what they are. Hmm… let’s see, we could call them prevarications. We could call them falsehoods, untruths, or falsities too. Fibs, tales, or taradiddles might work as well. But what they really are are whoppers, and wallopers. Which according to the dictionary means a gross untruth; a blatant lie.
    But of course that would only support what I, and other like minded AGW deniers, have been saying from the git go.

  3. Hal Groar February 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    How does a guy get a job like that? You get re-hired for copying other peoples “facts” and passing them off as scientific truth, only to be busted. Even going as far as ridiculing the very people who have the real facts. Only in the U.N. can that pass for a job well done. Does anyone take them seriously anymore?

  4. paul wenum February 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    As stated, it will continue. Too much invested. Trust me. We will eventually all pay unless there is a change in the administration and mind-set. T-Paw being one of them and I’m a republican/conservative! I’m so tired of retreads always putting their fingers in the wind that it makes my sick be it dem or repub!!! Does anyone ever state their actual thoughts anymore? Damn it is frustrating being a Democrat, Republican or independent. That is a sad state to be in. No wonder America has a major problem.

  5. Cubanshamoo February 25, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    All déjà vu: even without any kind of scientific evidence, the global warming hoax is assumed to be true unless proved false beyong any possible doubt. In contrast, the serious work of many other climatologists against the warming hypothesis is assumed to be false unless evidence is completely unassailable in its support. Send more troops we are winning!!!

  6. Lone Wolf February 26, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Could anyone offer comment on the above article? I was amazed as I read it. It makes perfect sense to me. Why haven’t we heard this before?
    Dan, maybe you could post the article here to draw more attention to it.

  7. Dan McGrath February 26, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Interesting. You got it.

  8. Paul Wenum February 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    The IPCC is re-thinking! A New report will definitely follow. Trust me. Never ends does it.


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