Previous post withdrawn … and more post-Rio gleanings

Sorry, folks … I was experimenting with “Storify” and my creation really was far from ready for prime-time live – but I was hoping to see an intermediate step between Storify export and WordPress publish. If there is one, I haven’t found the magic button. So I have deleted that post, at least for now!…

Probing Pachauri’s pontifications

Rajendra K. Pachauri is the Chair of the prestigious (well, at least according to him and various and sundry defenders) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I’m certainly far from being the only observer who has commented on the many hats he wears. Pachauri’s unmistakable arrogance and confidence in the certitude in the “truth” of…

Of hypocrites, high-level panels and … sherpas and silos

As Donna Laframboise noted in a post, yesterday, from Feb. 2-4, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chair, Rajendra K. Pachauri, will be donning yet another of his many hats, as he engineers a bridge from “climate change” to “sustainability” (en route to Rio+20). TERI, another of Pachauri’s enterprises, will be hosting the “12th Delhi…

On the road to Rio: Sustainability swamps climate change

Just in case you haven’t heard, there will yet another United Nations conference aimed at setting goals for “saving the planet”; this one is known as UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20 and sometimes called the “Earth Summit“) which is scheduled to take place June 20-22 of this year. Not surprisingly, the UN…

Reforming the “non-policy-prescriptive” IPCC

There’s been a very interesting discussion (well, several, actually!) over at Dr. Judith Curry’s blog: “Public engagement on climate change“. Dr. Richard Tol, an environmental economist, is an IPCC “insider” who had expressed the view that ‘experts should only speak about the areas in which they are specialists’. He is also one of many academics…

IPCC reports: spaced out?!

One of the recurring themes I had noticed when we were attempting (unsuccessfully) to quantify the “Accepted” “Rejected” etc. comments on the Second Order Draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), in AccessIPCC, was the considerable number of comments that were “Rejected” or “Noted” due to “space limitations” and/or…

In defence of the IPCC, “journalist” ignores the real scandal

The U.K. Guardian is probably best known these days for being at the investigative forefront of the new-revelations-by-the-hour News of the World/Murdoch media frenzy. One tiny aspect of which I discussed about 10 days ago: the role of former deputy executive editor, and recently arrested, Neil Wallis – and his involvement (at the same time…