Head of climate panel pushed out
At a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva last week, Watson — whose re-nomination to the position of chair had not been supported by the United States — was replaced by one of its vice-chairs, Rajendra Pachauri, an economist and engineer who heads the Tate Energy Research Institute in New Delhi, India.
Pachauri's nomination was approved by 76 votes to 49, reflecting a desire by many developing countries to see the panel headed by one of their own climate specialists. However the rejection by the United States of a compromise formula under which Watson and Pachauri would have shared the post has given rise to concerns that Watson’s previous success in holding together a consensus on the IPCC between developed and developing country points of view may be at risk.
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