Rajendra Kumar Pachauri has been elected chairman of the UN body Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for a second term.
The election was by "acclamation" at the IPCC plenary session in Geneva on Tuesday night, a spokesperson of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said in New Delhi on Wednesday. TERI is the New Delhi-based think tank that Pachauri also heads.
Pachauri's election to the head of the body that shared last year's Nobel peace prize with Al Gore was a foregone conclusion, as there was no other candidate in the fray since he agreed a few months back to stand for a second term.
Pachauri has been the chairman of IPCC since 2002. His second term is for five years.
The IPCC - an amalgamation of over 2,500 scientists from all over the world - has been providing the scientific information and analysis of climate change. Its seminal fourth report that was published in 2007 brought the danger of climate change to the global public consciousness more urgently than had happened before.