Hmun Essay

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It’s official: We have the right to question science! AUGUST 17, 2013 4 COMMENTS [Please note "caveat" in update below -hro] As I have noted in the past, Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a man of many hats, who is not known for consistency – except when he’s in “non-policy prescriptive” advocacy mode. When he wears his “world’s leading climate scientist” hat, Pachauri has certainly been known to shoot from the lip, as he did, for example, during a “side-event” at Rio+20 last year: “I would submit that the time has come that we shouldn’t really wait for governments,” he said. [...] “Climate change is in a sense the 10-tonne gorilla which is in the room and you’re not going to get rid of him easily.” [emphasis added -hro] The was part of his address at the launch of yet another Statement from yet another advocacy organization of which you may (or may not) have previously heard: The Climate Change Task Force which claims to be: A synergy of climate experts, world leaders, nobel (sic) peace laureates, and shapers of opinion – helping create the political will to address climate change But speaking of Nobel Peace Laureates … Not unlike the IPCC, of which he is the face and voice, Pachauri is rarely loath to ignore this monopoly‘s own rules. In December 2012, the IPCC issued a “Statement about the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize”, which included the following: The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its work on climate change, together with former US Vice-President Al Gore. [...] The prize was awarded to the IPCC as an organization, and not to any individual associated with the IPCC. Thus it is incorrect to refer to any IPCC official, or scientist who worked on IPCC reports, as a Nobel laureate or Nobel Prize winner. It would be correct to describe a scientist who was involved with AR4 or earlier IPCC

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