IPCC Head Rajendra Pachauri steps down following allegations of sexual harassment

pachauriFrom the Daily Mail:

Rajendra Pachauri, industrial engineer-turned head of the UN’s climate science panel and one-off sex novel author, is no stranger to accolades — nor to controversy.

At his peak, the now 74-year-old Indian accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the policy-shaping body he heads, and was showered with national honours and honorary doctorates.

On Tuesday he stood down as head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) following allegations that he sexually harassed a 29-year-old woman researcher from the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Delhi think-tank he heads.

The allegations had forced the bearded father-of-three, who denies any wrongdoing, to pull out of a four-day conference at a highly sensitive time, with the global community preparing to ink a planet rescue pact in December.

That deal will be largely informed by the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, a summary of the latest climate science.

It warns that on current greenhouse gas-emission trends the world is on track for double the UN goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), resulting in devastating floods, droughts and rises in sea level.

Pachauri, a vocal advocate of tough action against global warming, has had many career ups and downs, and this is not the first time he has faced public scrutiny.

He had to weather calls for his resignation after gross errors were found in a landmark IPCC report, and faced widespread ridicule for an attempt at erotic literature.

In 2007 he held aloft the Nobel jointly awarded to the IPCC under his chairmanship, and to former US vice president-turned climate campaigner Al Gore.

But three years later Pachauri was mired in controversy when errors were found in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report.

An erroneous claim that Himalayan glaciers could be lost by 2035 was allegedly taken from a press article instead of a scientific study.

Pachauri refused to accept personal responsibility for the error and rejected pressure to step down, claiming “ideologically-driven posturing” was behind attacks on the IPCC.

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    Amber

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    Doesn’t it seem a bit strange that suddenly at 74 a guy is alleged to be sexually harassing a female less than half his age ? Especially if his computer was…. hacked .

    It must be comforting to know the Himalayan glaciers didn’t disappear during his tenure though .

    When religion is disguised as science there is no end to the abuse science takes .

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      Scotty

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      This guy is nothing but a greasy, smarmy douche-bag of the highest order, and his half-assed, politically driven, bastardized “science” warrants no more attention than his limp-dicked, sweaty sex novel. Al Gore, Bill Nye-the-Science-Guy, and this guy! What a crew!

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        Gator

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        How dare you defame greasy, smarmy douche-bags of the highest order.

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    Aido

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    Personally, I never took this guy seriously. He’s a railway engineer. I’ve been to India. I’ve travelled (eventually, after trying for two days to get a ticket so I wouldn’t have to sit on the carriage roof) on their ramshackle railway system.

    Good riddance.

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    Amber

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    The IPCC new nothing of this behaviour? Then it just couldn’t have happened could it ?What was this women thinking ?
    A Nobel prize recipient and someone apparently hacked his computer after all .
    And that other woman who came forward well she must be mistaken too after all .

    How do you hack part of some ones computer and the only time it comes to light is after months and months when the offended party goes to the police ?

    Guess the police will get a chance to see what else was allegedly hacked and follow the trail to the other E mailers . It would likely be against government policy to delete E mails so that a full record can be established .

    Bottom line, an ice free Arctic will happen before this goes to court. Just another financial benefit of scary global warming .

    If allegations are proven true and the police have been lied to additional charges

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