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Pachauri under attack

Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 23, 2009
First Published: 00:21 IST(23/12/2009) | Last Updated: 00:22 IST(23/12/2009)

Rajendra K. Pachauri, the man who told the world how dangerous the changing climate was for survival of humans, is now accused of earning a fortune from the science.

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This is the second time in a month that Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) headed by Pachauri, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, is under attack.

Earlier, leaked emails had accused IPCC scientists in University of East Anglia of the US of fudging scientific data to exaggerate impact of climate change.

In a rejoinder sent to the UK newspaper Sunday Telegraph on Tuesday seeking apology, Pachauri termed the allegations "a pack of lies" spread by climate sceptics, who were also behind the leaked emails (dubbed climategate scandal). "The Telegraph needs to appreciate that there are millions in India who don't get enough food not have electricity and therefore, India cannot take emission cuts," he said. 

The newspaper reported that Pachauri was part of groups including green firms that benefited from IPCC's recommendations, a clear case of conflict of interest.

The article said The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), which Pachauri is heading since 1980s, stands to profit from carbon cut options discussed at Copenhagen and the Tata Group was a direct beneficiary. 

The 'T' in TERI earlier meant Tata in 1974 because it was set up with the seed money from the company. However, it was replaced by 'The' in the late 80s, when the institute went independent.

The report says the one project co-financed by UK's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs  and the German insurance firm Munich Re, is studying how India's insurance industry, including Tata, can benefit from exploiting the supposed risks of exposure to climate change.


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