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Sunday, February 7, 2010

UN climate change boss Rajendra Pachauri vows to resist pressure to quit




"A high-profile error in an international report on climate change does not undermine the scientific case for man-made global warming, the head of the United Nations' panel on the issue insisted today."
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said there remained a "huge volume" of science backing the theory that human activity is to blame for changes in global temperatures.
And Dr Pachauri said he would resist pressure to resign as IPCC chair following reports in the UK press that he had made a fortune from carbon trading thanks to links between The Energy Research Institute (Teri) which he heads and private companies.
The IPCC was last month forced to apologise for an incorrect claim in its 2007 report that Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035 because of warmer temperatures. A journalist for Sciencemagazine has claimed that Dr Pachauri was informed of the issue last year but took no action ahead of the Copenhagen summit on global warming.
Greenpeace UK director John Sauven today said that the error put Dr Pachauri's position in question.
"Pachauri should have put his hand up and said 'We made a mistake'. It's in these situations that your character and judgment is tested. Do you make the right judgment call? He clearly didn't," Mr Sauven told The Times.
"The IPCC needs to regain credibility. Is that going to happen with Pachauri (as chairman)? I don't think so. We need someone held in high regard who has extremely good judgment and is seen by the global public as someone on their side.
"If we get a new person in with an open mind, prepared to fundamentally review how the IPCC works, we would regain confidence in the organisation."
Speaking at the IPCC's Sustainable Development Summit in Delhi, Dr Pachauri told the BBC: "There is one mistake that occurred, unfortunately, and we have clearly accepted that. We have expressed regret that it took place.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/

Once again a political figure is caught with his hands in the cookie jar, yet he is unwilling to accept the consequences of doing so, when he actions are discovered!

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Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi



The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller



Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama



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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.