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The future leadership of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is up in the air this week, after the United States failed to renominate Robert Watson, the panel’s current chair.

Member nations had until 15 March to forward their nominations for the position, but India’s nomination of Rajendra Pachauri, director of the Tata Energy Research Institute in New Delhi, was the only one to arrive by the deadline.

Renate Christ, deputy secretary of the IPCC’s Geneva-based secretariat, says that there is no clear procedure for how nominations should be made, and that the secretariat may continue to accept nominations up until the election of the chair in April.

Reference: Nature 416, 251 (2002)

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