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FoE: 'Dont' bring me the head of the IPCC

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London – Friends of the Earth apparently does not want the controversial chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to stand down – as indicated on the BBC’s Today Programme.

In a statement following the programme, FoE executive director Andy Atkins insisted: “I have not called for Rajendra Pachauri to resign.

“The recommendations of the Inter-Academy of Sciences report are sensible – the Management Committee needs to consider the credibility of the entire IPCC when deciding limits for the term of the chairmanship.”

Pachauri has been at the centre of controversy over the accuracy and robustness of the science used to support the IPCC’s claims about the impact of climate change. Recently, these included projections – now discredited – that the glaciers could virtually disappear from the Himalayas over the coming decades.

However, Atkins warned that there was a real danger that if Pachuari is perceived to have been forced to stand down, then climate sceptics will call for the scalp of every subsequent chair and the position will be discredited for good.

“It’s up to the Management Committee of the IPCC to decide whether the Chair should stand down - no-one else, regardless of reporting in the media,” said the FoE leader.

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  • Salute this man! Pachauri did what no climate sceptic is able to do. A Trojan Horse that destroyed the IPCC from the inside.

    If Pachauri did not exist, we climate sceptics would have had to literally invent him. He is in fact every sceptic’s dream.

    How could we have asked for more when he embodies the UN Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in all completeness? Interestingly, he also strongly epitomizes the typical climate activist and their organizations that they are attached. Did he mould both in his image or its vice versa is however for history to judge.

    Next month 194 governments of the IPCC are scheduled to meet in Busan, South Korea. This is where a plot to ouster Pachuari could be unleashed.

    Pachuari remains defiant: “At the moment, my mandate is very clear. I have to complete the fifth assessment” The Indian Government who Pachuari is their candidate is equally defiant, backing him to the hilt. If Pachauri goes, we leave the IPCC! And if India leaves the IPCC, it can trigger an exodus.

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