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Pachauri to Stay On at IPCC


Dr. Rajendra Pachauri will stay on as chairman of the United Nations climate change panel, despite calls for his resignation.

The Indian engineer has led the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002.

However his leadership came under question after the panel mistakenly claimed the Himalayan glaciers will melt by 2035.

A review of the IPCC by the InterAcademy Council (IAC), that represents major scientific institutions around the world, called for reform of the whole body. It suggested that the chairman should not be allowed to serve more than one six year term.

But in the latest meeting of the IPCC in South Korea it was made clear that Dr Pachauri will stay in post, although the body promised to reform its working practices.

Dr Pachauri’s role leading The Energy Research Institute (Teri), a think tank that promotes sustainable development, has raised questions because of concerns he could profit from giving advice.


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