Friday, December 25, 2009

Climate change politics

Rajendra K.Pachauri who is the chairperson of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) set up jointly by World Meteorological Organisation and United Nations Environment Programme has recently been rubbished by The Sunday Telegraph, a widely read newspaper in the U.K. He has been accused of being in conflict of interest in view of his being the Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) which is receiving payments from many corporates which are utilising IPCC's services. TERI has demanded an unconditional apology from the newspaper for publishing a defamatory report.

Is it only muckraking or is The Telegraph trying to arrest a scam? The newspaper has also accused the Tata Group of benefitting from its association with TERI. The Telegraph report also makes a reference to the likely closure of a plant of Jaguar LandRover in England by the Tata Group.

If the conflict of interest is proven, IPCC will certainly disassociate itself from Dr.Pachauri. If this comes to pass, it will be a major blow to Indians' sense of governance. The climate change platform is already vertically split into the denialists and protagonists. The spectrum ranges from deniers, sceptics, warners to calamitists. Global warming or not, this issue is generating a lot of heat.

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