Things are heating up over at the United Nations for the top Global Warming zealot and chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Unbelievably, this hack used the old “my computer got hacked into” excuse. Isn’t that one a little cliche?
Rajendra Pachauri, a 75-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, is accused of repeated inappropriate behaviour, both physically and through emails, texts and WhatsApp messages by a 29-year-old researcher at his organization.
That’s only 46 years difference, but these cats aren’t known for keeping their numbers straight..
Dr Pachauri, the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – which plans to broker a global treaty to tackle global warming in December – vigorously denies all allegations. It is understood that the researcher works at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) think-tank in New Delhi, where Dr Pachauri is director-general.
The good doctor says he’s been a victim of hacking, claiming his email, mobile phone and WhatsApp messages have been hacked and that cyber criminals have used his computer without authorization to commit criminal activities… yes, I’m sure.
He claimed there was evidence of “misuse of my computer resources and communication devices, without my permission or consent”. The Independent was unable to reach Dr Pachauri yesterday.
However, reports in India suggested the police were in the early stages of investigations. Police granted Dr Pachauri “interim protection” from arrest until 23 February to enable him to “seek necessary relief” after he handed over his laptop to officers, local media reported.
The timing of the case is particularly awkward for Dr Pachauri because it comes in the run-up to a crucial summit in Paris in December at which world leaders have pledged to agree crucial cuts to carbon emissions in the battle to curb global warming.
As chairman of the IPCC, Dr Pachauri will oversee the talks. His Nobel prize was issued to him and Al Gore jointly for their role in promoting climate change.
It’s not his first controversy:
In 2010, he admitted that an IPCC report from 2007, which claimed there was a “very high” chance of glaciers disappearing from the Himalayas by 2035, was way off the mark.
The IPCC lost a lot of credibility over the incident, which climate sceptics used to try to discredit the entire organisation – a task made easier by Dr Pachauri’s refusal to issue a personal apology.
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