I’m sorry to report that Fred Pearce has joined the clamour for the very famous scalp of Rajendra Pachauri :-
“Why it’s time for change at the IPCC : Updated 01 September 2010 by Fred Pearce”
In the print edition of New Scientist magazine, the second part of the editorial for 4 September 2010 has the headline, “Climate panel deserves a new leader”, and was presumably also written by Fred Pearce.
This is a highly disappointing opinion from Fred Pearce. It looks like he is making the same mistake as was made earlier in the year, when various commentators called for the head of Professor Phil Jones on a plate after e-mails were “liberated” (and incorrectly annotated) from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Dr Pachauri has been cleared of all false accusations of wrongdoing, and has done a sterling job in keeping the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change marching together :-
But still the lashes fly :-
Rajendra Pachauri should stay.
Fortunately he appears to be made of stern stuff :-
“…Despite the support of the Indian government, Dr Rajendra Pachauri is still under pressure from all over the world. He insisted the IPCC report’s core assertion that the world is heating up has not been challenged and he condemned what he called posturing in attacks on the climate change body. He also said that he will stay to implement the changes unless he is dismissed by the representatives of the 194 government who run the IPCC which is most unlikely to happen as heads of organizations are rarely unseated when they are backed by their own governments…”
“Pachauri to stay despite IPCC report row : Bahar Dutt , CNN-IBN : Posted on Aug 31, 2010 : …”I have a task. I have a mission to finish the fifth assessment report and I am certainly not going to quit,”…”
He’s the right man in the right job :-
“If Rajendra Pachauri goes, who on Earth would want to be IPCC chair? : No future chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can ever feel safe if Dr Pachauri is driven out : John Vidal, 3 September 2010”