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Into the Dustbin: Rajendra Pachauri, the Climate Report & the Nobel Peace Prize [Kindle Edition]

Donna Laframboise
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Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is a non-stop train wreck. The IPCC is supposed to be an objective scientific body, but Pachauri writes forewords for Greenpeace publications and has accepted a ‘green crusader’ award. He is an aggressive policy advocate even though his organization is supposed to be policy neutral. In 1996, an Indian High Court concluded that he’d “suppressed material facts” and “sworn to false affidavits.” Contrary to longstanding claims, he earned only one PhD rather than two.

This book is a collection of essays about Pachauri originally published as blog posts between February 2010 and August 2013. Essay number one, "The IPCC and the Peace Prize," appears here for the first time. It documents how Pachauri improperly advised IPCC personnel that they were Nobel laureates after that organization was awarded half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (Al Gore received the other half).

Scientists aren’t supposed to embellish. They’re supposed to be clear-eyed about what is true and what is false. The idea that hundreds of scientists have been padding their resumés, that they’ve been walking around in broad daylight improperly claiming to be Nobel laureates, isn’t something any normal person would expect.

But that is exactly what happened. It took the IPCC five years to correct the record. During that time, media outlets, science academies, and government officials went along for the ride. The moral of this story is that, when faced with a choice between the unadorned truth and exaggeration, IPCC personnel made the wrong call. Their judgment can’t be trusted.

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Donna is the author of the IPCC exposé, The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken For the World's Top Climate Expert. The only book-length, journalistic examination of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it has been translated into German and Norwegian.

Her work has appeared in newspapers such as the National Post, Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star - and in magazines such as Reader's Digest and Toronto Life. She has written investigative feature articles, been a weekly columnist, and served on the editorial board of the National Post.

Donna is a former vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and holds an undergraduate degree in women's studies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492292400
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ivy Avenue Press (8 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2TZU1I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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By EdBhoy
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Those of us who have been involved in the climate debate, for that's what it is, over the past few year's will be aware of the political shenanigan's and blatant activism of it's chairman, Rajendra Pachauri. His "voodoo science" comments concerning Himalayan glacier retreat were a disgraceful episode which could never have happened if the IPCC actually stuck to its own alleged policy of only relying on peer reviewed papers for its assessment reports.
Laframboise's book is a collection of her blog posts about the IPCC and it's chairman over the past few year's. If you want to catch up with the story this collection of blogs will fill you in.
I have to add that the format of collecting blog posts together to tell a story is not ideal. It results in a series of rather repetitive short chapters which can be irritating and made me regularly skip ahead, however I already had a reasonable knowledge of the story the book was trying to tell.
I am an academic myself and would recommend this book to any student, journalist or academic interested in the politics of climate science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars While others slept at their desks ... 16 Sept. 2013
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The shameful failure of environmental journalists in general is revealed, incidentally, by the series of blogposts compiled in this important book. What were they thinking when they took the IPCC in general and its nominal leader Pachauri in particular at face value? Was that just part of their mission to save the world by encouraging we the public to take them seriously, and sit, thanks to their reportings, at the feet of dedicated wise ones? Well, feet of clay don't weather well, nor do they have integrity. While those eco-journos slept (at best) or connived (at worst), Donna Laframboise was up and about doing some checking of her own. As a thinker, as a writer, as an investigative journalist. It doesn't seem to have been so hard, as it turns out - or at least she makes it look easy.

When Pachauri claims to have a Nobel prize and encourages his fellow workers in the IPCC to do same for themselves, she checked and discovered that he didn't and he shouldn't.

When he tells that his is not to prescribe, that his organisation, the IPCC is not there to push policy, she notes that he does prescribe, indeed preaches, and notes that his organisation is ultimately dominated by policy-makers and their agents who edit and approve the final 'Summaries for Policy Makers' that are probably the only widely read outcomes of the IPCC's efforts.

She notes he tells us to eat less meat, and that he once jetted halfway round the world to take part in a casual cricket match. His earlier nonsense about the IPCC's only using peer-reviewed literature in its deliberations led to the title of this book. Here are his words "IPCC studies only peer-review science. Let someone publish the data in a decent credible publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about IPCC and its chairman 19 May 2014
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A very comprehensive analysis of the chairman of IPCC Rajendra Pachauri, his statements and what Donna found to be the truth. She has done a marvelous job disecting IPCC statements and to show what is really going on behind the scenes.
It is both easy and exciting reading, almost like reading a detective novel except that this is real. i recommend beaurocrats and politicians to read it. It will help them to know what is true or not concerning global warming and CO2 emissions.

I have analyzed climate reports and research for the last 10 years and can confirm that everything I have read is correct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is dynamite! 8 Mar. 2015
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What this book does is to throw into question the legitimacy of the IPCC. If this lady is right the IPCC is a completely corrupt and fraudulent organisation. This in turn means that Catastophic Golbal Warming is an enormous foolish scare similar to the great fear over the bug which was going to destroy all our computer records at the turn of the century. I must say that she writes with authority and she knows what she is talking about. It's an important book.
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