20 April 2010

Pachauri at Yale e360

At Yale e360 IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri has a piece responding to recent criticisms of the IPCC. I was happy to see this because not long ago I also had a piece at Yale e360 on issues associated with the IPCC, including its misrepresentation of disasters and climate change. So I was curious how Pachauri would respond. He writes:
IPCC procedures are robust and rigorous, but they can always be improved. Upholding exacting standards is a responsibility and a sacred trust that IPCC authors — and I — accept with the utmost respect and sincerity. It is our duty to correct or clarify the inevitable oversights and errors that may slip into reports of this magnitude and complexity.

With this in mind, I would like to provide a response to some issues that have given rise to recent controversy.
What issues does he discuss? The 2035 glacier error, the Amazon rainfall issue, and the African agriculture issue.

What issue does he neglect completely? The misrepresentation of disasters and climate change.

Maybe if they ignore the issues, they'll just go away.