Rajendra Pachauri is the current chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has served in that position since 2002. He is an engineer by education, but I have placed him in the ‘scientist’ category because he pretends to be one. Pachauri won the Nobel Peace prize along with Al Gore and the IPCC in 2007 for their work on climate change. He has strongly supported the view that climate change is man-made and urgent action needs to be taken to avoid the consequences. Pachauri has recently come under heavy criticism for defending a section of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report which was unsupported by scientific research. The report claimed that Himalayan glaciers were likely to have melted by 2035, and India’s environmental minister challenged that statement, claiming it had no scientific basis. Pachauri responded by claiming that criticism of the report was “voodoo science”. Pachauri has also been criticized for potential conflict of interest with several organizations. He has also written a romantic novel about the escapades of a climate scientist in the 1960’s.
- “There is, even today, a Flat Earth Society that meets every year to say the Earth is flat. The science about climate change is very clear. There really is no room for doubt at this point.” – Source
- “I realized very soon after I started looking into climate change that this is obviously going to be the most difficult challenge that the human race is going to face.”
- “The Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC has clearly brought out that the warming of the climate system is unequivocal. I think there is no reason for anyone to doubt that climate change is for real.”
- “It is critical that government…move with a sense of urgency. We don’t have a moment to lose, and if we want to solve the enormous range of problems we are going to be confronted with as a result of climate change, then we’d better start moving fast…”
- “As the science in the IPCC Fourth Assessment report clearly demonstrates, there is no leeway for delay or denial any longer.” – Source
- “Global warming and climate change are likely to have many other consequences. There would be health implications on account of changes in the range of disease vectors such as mosquitoes and water-borne pathogens, and decreases in water quality and air quality… What is more, fire, drought, pest infestation, invasive species, storms and coral bleaching will lead to severe damage to ecosystems.” – Source
- “We can see that the science is getting clearer, the gaps in our knowledge are certainly filling up, the certainty with which we can make projections is getting higher, and therefore I think the time has come for the global community to take action.”
Pachauri is an engineer and economist by education, and I am unaware of any scientific publications he has made regarding climate change.