Troubled Pachauri not to quit IPCC

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 15, 2010 08:37 IST

Apparently buoyed by government support, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chief RK Pachauri on Monday said he was in no mood to follow the footsteps of Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate change official who has quit the post over the outcome of Copenhagen Summit.

"Certainly not," Pauchari said when asked if he too would resign like Boer who announced his decision to quit the post
last month, apparently unhappy over failure of the Copenhagen Summit in December last year.

After an eventful stint as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC), Boer had last month said he would demit the office by July 1.

Pachauri-led IPCC has been under fire since revelations that its landmark Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 mistakenly
predicted that the Himalayan glaciers could disappear by the year 2035 as a result of global warming.

The scientist, who has been under intense pressure particularly from Western quarters to resign, said it was the
only one mistake in the entire report for which he could not be held responsible.

"The IPCC has already instituted an inquiry. It will reveal the entire thing once the probe is completed," he said
on the sidelines of a function here.

The government backed Pachauri with Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh saying "any attempt to unseat him would be
strongly resisted."

 

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