This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Posts appear Monday & Wednesday.
The American wing of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has a page on its website about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). That page contains an image which, while on the small side, is interesting nonetheless [backup link here].
This is a formal photograph of what appear to be 20 of the IPCC’s most senior personnel. Apparently taken in conjunction with the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations, the accompanying caption reads:
The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize recognized climate change as one of the great destabilizing forces of our era. Dr. Richard Moss (second row center) is WWF’s lead on climate change and a long-term member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the prize with Gore. [bold added]
Moss joins WWF from the United Nations Foundation where he was the Senior Director for Climate Change and Energy. Since 1993, he has played many roles in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is a key part of the team that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize… [bold added]
Ah, yes, the United Nations Foundation. That’s the charity headed by media mogul Ted Turner, the compassionate soul who recently declared that China’s brutal and coercive one-child policies should be exported to other countries to help curb global population growth. According to its website, the purpose of the UN Foundation is to support “UN causes.”
All of this raises some puzzling questions:
BONUS READING: I find Moss’ testimony (12-page PDF) to a US Senate committee in November 2007 troubling. It suggests that senior scientists see their government positions, their academic positions, IPCC activities, employment with the United Nations, and employment with activist groups as being all interconnected and pretty much equivalent.
To me, this suggests that activist scientists are far from rare. It appears that activism has become the new normal.