Breaking News: IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri to face independent inquiry

Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chairman

Excerpts from the Telegraph article

By Geoffrey Lean, in Bali

Rajendra Pachauri, the controversial Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is to face an international inquiry into the performance of his organisation.

Environment and Climate ministers meeting in closed session in Bali last night insisted that an independent review should be carried out following the publicising of mistakes in its last report, and a row surrounding Dr Pachauri’s robust response to his critics. If his management is found to be at fault his position could become untenable.

Participants in the unprecedented meeting – held at the annual assembly of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council in Bali – were sworn to secrecy over the decision and it is only expected to be announced after its detaled scope and composition have been worked out by UNEP and the World Meteorological Organisation, the two UN agencies that oversee the IPCC’s work.

The review is to report by August to allow time for its conclusions – and Dr Pachauri’s position – to be assessed before the IPCC meets for its own annual assembly in Korea in October.

Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director said that the IPCC faced a “crisis of confidence” with the public. , According to participants at the meeting, Dr Pachauri expressed regret for any mistakes that had been made, but stopped short of apologising for them. “He gave the impression of making an apology without actually doing so”, said one.

The participants add that he admitted only one mistake, a discredited prediction that the glaciers of the Himalayas would entirely melt away by 2035, for which the IPCC has already apologised. They say he described other alleged errors – such as a prediction that food production in parts of Africa might be cut in half by 2020 or the citing of studies by pressure groups rather than peer-reviewed research – as misunderstandings.

Their main concern has been over the aggressive way in which Dr Pachauri has responded to criticism, beginning with denouncing Indian research suggesting that the glaciers were not melting so rapidly as “voodoo science”. Many wish he would resign,. But he was reelected unopposed less than 18 months ago,and has often rejected doing so.

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For a complete report, read the Telegraph article

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Joe

Cover your Butts boys.
The calvary is a coming!
IPCC in damage control mode.

Daniel H

“Participants in the unprecedented meeting – held at the annual assembly of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council in Bali – were sworn to secrecy over the decision”
Well they sure as hell aren’t very good at keeping a sworn secret if it has already been leaked to the media! (Mental note: Never tell a UN bureaucrat my deepest darkest secrets.)

Mike Bryant

They sure took their sweet time… He’ll be gone, replaced by another true believer… IF there are any credible believers left.

Lean is a long time apologist for the AGW crew.His blogs attract a lot of ridicule on the DT site. Just FYI

Rob

climategate and the power of the bogs, are the wheels coming off.

NickB.

Only 1 mistake and everything else was just a “misunderstanding”
I’m curious if he read Gavin’s statement verbatim or if he rewrote it to give a little Love Guru flavor?

John

Good news and I had to chuckle at reading this straight after reading about Glencoe ski centre receiving record snow:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/8538404.stm

Steve

Robust!

John R. Judge

On of the great villians of the global warming fraud. Pachauri- may his name live on in infamy.

Henry chance

Wait. The EPA is relying on his IPCC reports for story time. The EPA is not a research set up but relies on the IPCC for research which also doesn’t do research but does publish lengthy newsletters.

Patchy gate!

Robusted.

AleaJactaEst

Live by the sword…….

JonesII

Participants in the unprecedented meeting – held at the annual assembly of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council in Bali – were sworn to secrecy over the decision and it is only expected to be announced after its detaled scope and composition have been worked out by UNEP and the World Meteorological Organisation, the two UN agencies that oversee the IPCC’s work
Why a meeting in a paradise south pacific island?. Don´t be naive, everything will be just “roses, roses” for Little ugly Patchee…

Joe

Here is what I don’t get.
These organizations are under the same umbrella of the UN and the same scientists in the same field will be reviewing what ever documents that Dr Pachauri’s office will allow.
This is really the UN having a scape goat for shooting off at the mouth. It will have nothing to do with the science as this would put both organizations into the frying pan.
Will research documents be opened up?
Not likely!

Veronica

“The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceeding small.”

JimReedy

All a misunderstanding….
These misunderstandings are projected to cost us Trillions of dollars…..
Rather expensive misunderstandings that….
Will watch with interest…and not a small amount of cheering…
(assuming whitewash is not the colour of choice…)
Unfortunately I think this ‘crisis of confidence’ should claim many more
scalps before its over….
cheers
Jim
[Moderators… I have changed to a full name from my previous]

PJB

Their main concern has been over the aggressive way in which Dr Pachauri has responded to criticism,
And they refer to skeptics as “deniers”!
What ever happened to accountability? Oh yeah, right, that line is far away from the money wicket….
Hopefully a bloodbath will ensue and a new sheriff will install law and order to the wild, wild west of the climate frontier….when that happens we will just have to watch out for all of those flying pigs.

dfrith

part of me hopes he stays there for a while longer… I have no faith in the IPCC whatsoever, and he is now a liability to them
The longer he stays, the less credible they are – the higher the chance of a complete clean slate start again approach

Jörg Schulze

Too late,too little, but possibly a first step to scrap the whole IPCC altogether.

John of Kent

I agree, Pachauri should stay as head of the IPCC. He is unwittingly our greatest ally!

IsoTherm

Six Phases of a Project
* Enthusiasm
* Disillusionment
* PANIC
* Search for Guilty
* Punishment of Innocent
* Praise & Honors for Non-Participants

STEPHEN PARKER

chickens, home , roost. But he’s made his money

Joe

dfrith (05:31:07) :
The review is to report by August to allow time for its conclusions – and Dr Pachauri’s position – to be assessed before the IPCC meets for its own annual assembly in Korea in October.

Mark Fawcett

On topic – good; either way this goes I think it’s positive. If he stays the IPCC will be seen to be a whitewashing political outfit, if he goes the IPCC will have tacitly admitted that the science is suspect.
Off topic – now it’s the whales (or at least the hunting thereof): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8538033.stm – definitely one for my “save this and send it back to the authors when it all comes crashing down”.
Cheers
Mark

wws

I’m actually quite glad they’re leaving him in place until August – every day he stays in that office is another blow to what little remaining credibility the IPCC has left. Now they are going to let the public know (example: this article) that they have no confidence in him or respect for him – don’t they realize that the public around the world will instantly reach the same conclusions? And that lack of confidence and respect will immediately be transferred to the IPCC itself. This is why successful organizations never allow failed managers to remain in place.
But Pachouri, of course, will not resign. Look at this from his perspective, the perspective of the life long grifter, the con artist who’s riding the gravy train – every day more is another day of per diems and travel allowances and magical salaries that he knows he doesn’t deserve and could never replace. It’s all free money waiting to be scooped up, so why would he ever give any of that up voluntarily? Even with the criticism, he’s got it made!!!
And it’s even worse for the IPCC than that – waiting this long will give Pachouri plenty of time to bribe, I mean organize, supporters in smaller 3rd world countries by convincing them that this is just an evil plot by the Euro’s to take away their influence. All he needs to do is to make a big enough fight inside the membership to create chaos and he can collect that salary and suck down those per diems for a long, long time. I expect him to start screaming “Racist!” almost every day from here on out, that’s always guaranteed to shut the Euro-critics up.
This is how formerly influential organizations die, and this is the path the IPCC has just chosen. ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.

It is past time for Pachauri to resign or be forced out at IPCC for his failure to manage an influential organization (funded by governments) within the accepted bounds of the scientific method. SImilar management failures have already caused Phil Jones of CRU to step aside. Michael Mann at Penn State and James Hansen at NASA GISS have also committed scientific malpractice at the public trough and should step aside as well.
I believe each of these men, and most of their colleagues, started out as basically honest “true believers” in their holy mission of saving the Earth from human-caused Global Warming. However, as the science started to show we had never been near any kind of “tipping point” and there was no immediate crisis, they either forced themselves into a state of denial, or they acquiesed into “cooking the books” to retain their privileged leadership positions and honors and perks that went along with it. Either way, they do not deserve to have responsibility for spending public money in the area of climate science.

Jud

Is that the sound of a bus I hear in the distance?…

Mr Geoffrey Lean should be next under investigation – he has published more rubbish than any journalist I know on the ‘horrors’ of AGW. What a hypocrite he is!
PS to Joe: I think it’s ‘Cavalry’ not ‘Calvary’ ? The latter refers to the Crucifixion!

Delicious irony courtesy of Google:
http://www.d-boss.com/patchy/WUWT-02262010.jpg

DD More

And any word or study of his financial featherbedding?

Pamela Gray

Choose an insider for Leader
Enthusiasm
Praise & Honors for the Leader
Disillusionment
Blaming and punishment of Outsiders, rocks and stones
PANIC
Search for the Guilty insider and silent dismissal
Praise & Honors for the Non-leaders
Repeat but paint the Insider as an Outsider

MattN

The response will be: “Return to your homes, nothing more to see here….”

E O'Connor

If he does end up going rather than being transferred to another UN position then the headline could be –
The Chairman who fell without grace from the IPCC

Why am I not surprised? O, I’ve been reading WUWT!

Henry chance

If he is removed, it is an admission of guilt. If he stays, in is an admission of condoning cover up and sloppy work.
He would fit as a blogger on climateprogress.

johnnythelowery

PLease…………………..AUDIT!

johnnythelowery

It could be India bombed out of the IPCC because they know better than anyone how corrupt the IPCC is with ‘Patchy Morals’ at the helm. I love Indian and I kind of like India now!! But you are right, having sexually literate Balderick promoted to the helm was a coup!

Capn Jack.

That duck is dead.
It’s a show about nothing.

Andrew30

Nick Nuttall, of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) told Reuters: “It will be [made up of] senior scientific figures. I can’t name who they are right now. It should do a review of the IPCC, produce a report by, say, August and there is a plenary of the IPCC in South Korea in October. The report will go there for adoption.”
If this is to be an Independent investigation, would that not exclude ALL of the contributors to AR4?
So where are they going to find the “Independent” “senior scientific figures”?

John Whitman

tic – Hockey Stick busted, Mann investigated
toc – Incovenient Truth errors shown
tic – Dr Phil Jones exposed by released emails
toc – Copenhagen Climate Conference collapses
tic – Dr Michael Mann investigation (again), this time at PSU
toc – AR4 MultiGated
tic – Yvo de Boer resigns effective this summer
toc – ~15 trend shows no statistically significant global warming while CO2 conc in atmosphere increase
tic – Dr R. Pachauri to be investigated
Remember that crocodile with the clock in its stomach that follows Capt Hook around in Peter Pan?
tic – ? NCDC/NOAA temp data adjustment questions
toc – ? GISS/NASA temp data adjustment questions
tic – ? Legal action against EPA Endangerment Findings
toc – ? US midterm elections strengten Rep over Dems
tic – ? more open climate science environment spawns countless new studies that reveal bias approach of UNIPCC, US gov’t and NGOs funded studies
toc – gulp, burp
John

Robinson

Do we really need another whitewash?

johnnythelowery

Gore. Calling Gore……….Come in Gore. Are you out there Darling? It’s all gone a bit quiet over at his Palace.

E O'Connor

From the Telegraph article –
“The two agencies [UNEP and WMO] are expected first to approach national academies of sciences and to ensure that it examines the management of the organisation as well as its scientific procedures.”
And what has been the climate change position of the Academies up to the present?

Peter Miller

If the ‘review’ is not a whitewash – and there is always a very small chance of that – then Pachauri will undoubtedly play the race card.
In the meantime, there is absolutely no way the actual accounts for his TERI organisation will be released, so we can see how much he and his cronies are personally milking our gullible governments.
It is normal practice for professional organisations anywhere in the world to release audited annual: i) income statements, ii) balance sheets, and iii) salaries/benefits of the principals.
Obviously, TERI does not consider itself to be a professional organisation or it would publish these figures.

ML

IMO the picture of Pachauri is photoshoped. Jail numbers at the bottom are missing. LOL

Ruhroh

Will the USEPA be privy to the supersecret proceedings?
Who do VooDoo? Do you?
RR

DirkH

They will probably try to replace Dr. Pachauri with a different politician and reanimate the AGW cult, and it will range from the painful to the funny to watch it. Going on balancing honesty with efficiency.

RockyRoad

If this bozo won’t go, toss the whole crew. Serves ’em right.

JonesII

Why do these guys behave like billionaires, spending a lot of OUR money?, Can´t they make their jamboree in a cheaper location? Don´t you think this has gone too far, considering their ethical level is after Climate-Gate?
Wouldn´t it be better if this investigation is made IN A POLICE STATION of any decent country?