This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Posts appear Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Donna’s second book about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Into the Dustbin, focuses on Rajendra Pachauri, who chaired the for 13 years prior to his 2015 resignation.
The first one, The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert is a bigger-picture IPCC exposé.
Into the Dustbin: Rajendra Pachauri, the Climate Report & the Nobel Peace Prize (2013)
Rajendra Pachauri, who chaired the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for 13 years, is a non-stop train wreck. The IPCC is supposed to be an objective scientific body, but Pachauri wrote forewords for Greenpeace publications and accepted a ‘green crusader’ award during his tenure. He was an aggressive policy advocate even though the IPCC is supposed to be policy neutral. In 1996, an Indian High Court concluded that he’d “suppressed material facts” and “sworn to false affidavits.” Contrary to longstanding claims, he earned only one PhD rather than two.
This book’s first essay, The IPCC and the Peace Prize, describes how Pachauri improperly advised IPCC personnel that they were Nobel laureates after the organization as a whole was awarded half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The misinformation fallout continues to the present day, with scores of scientists improperly claiming to be something they are not.
The remainder of the book is a newly-edited, lovingly polished collection of blog posts originally written between February 2010 and August 2013. Discover Pachauri as a detective might – accumulating piecemeal knowledge about the world’s most prominent climate official until a shocking portrait emerges.
The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert (2011)
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) writes a report informally known as the Climate Bible. Cited by governments around the world, that report is the primary reason we all believe carbon dioxide emissions are dangerous.
For years, the public was told the IPCC is an eminent, gold-standard organization comprised of the world’s top scientists and best experts. In fact, it is an unprofessional, scandal-plagued entity led by people with impaired judgment. We need to stop taking it seriously.