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U.N. Climate Change Adviser Pressured to Quit

Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:00 PM

Pressure is building on the UN's most senior climate change adviser, Rajendra Pachauri, to resign following a call by one of Britain's most senior environmental campaigners for him to step aside over his handling of an exaggerated claim about glacial warming.

Greenpeace director John Sauven, a long-time backer of Dr Pachauri, said Thursday that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change head should go because the UN's advisory body needed a new leader to restore confidence in its statements about climate change.

Mr Sauven said the problem was not that the IPCC's 3000-page review of climate science, published in 2007, had included a mistaken paragraph predicting that Himalayan glaciers could be gone by 2035, but that Dr Pachauri had stonewalled when the issue was raised with him.

"Pachauri should have put his hand up and said `we made a mistake'," Mr Sauven told London newspaper The Times.

"It's in these situations that your character and judgment is tested. Do you make the right judgment call? He clearly didn't.

"The IPCC needs to regain credibility."

Dr Pachauri did not return calls yesterday to respond to the latest call for his resignation but in an interview with the Financial Times, he made it clear that he felt he was the victim of "skulduggery".

"Some people would probably say that I should go, but I am not going to oblige them. I have no desire to leave at all," he said. "What they are indulging in is skulduggery of the worst kind. I'm reasonably sure that very soon people will realise the truth and they would also question the credentials of some of the people who are behind them."

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