Sunday, 18 November 2012

IPCC not invited?

An extraordinary story from the Quatar Gulf Times says the IPCC has not been invited to COP18. Most of us know what a crock the IPCC is, but this is a real surprise (!). If true, then some kind of power shift is going on. Maybe it’s connected to this story from New Nostradamus.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will not be attending the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18/CMP8) in Doha, chairman Dr Rajendra K Pachauri has said.

“For the first time in the 18 years of COP, the IPCC will not be attending, because we have not been invited,” he told Gulf Times in Doha.

COP18 is to be held from November 26 to December 7.

The IPCC, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, former vice president of the US and environmental activist, is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. Currently 195 countries are members.

Dr Pachauri first hinted about his ‘anticipated absence’ at COP18, while speaking at the opening session of the International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands (FSDL) on Wednesday at Qatar University.

Later, he told Gulf Times he did not know why the IPCC has not been invited to COP18, something that has happened never before.


banned said...

Struck me as odd too but I'm not too clear about the relationship between IPCC and the UN; I sort of thought they were more or less the same thing.

A K Haart said...

banned - the IPCC is the UN body which is supposed to deliver the scientific view of climate change.

For it not to be invited (if true) is seriously strange. Certainly the IPCC seems to think so.

James Higham said...

Well, there's only so low a reputation can go before it becomes surplus to requirements.

A K Haart said...

James - if true it feels like a major power game being played.