Dr Pachauri–reaching out to save the planet
Dr Rajendra Pachauri is often in the news, with pronouncements on the dire state of the
Planet and exhortations to reduce our carbon footprint, by not eating meat, or by flying less.
On the latter subject Dr Pachauri is something of an expert:
UN Wants Us To Fly Less
At a meeting in the UK .., Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, a climate scientist with the United
Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), strongly urged
businesses to cut employee travel, and to fill the void with video conferencing.
Note the usual laziness of the media in calling this railway engineer/bureaucrat/economist, a
Dr Pachauri wants to fly more
I recently examined a UN document entitled "Details of Outreach Activities carried out by
the Chairman of the IPCC, Dr. R. K. Pachauri Jan ‘07 July ‘08"http://tiny.cc/mpjNp
I discovered that Dr Pachauri flew at least 443,243 miles on IPCC business in this 19 month
period. He generated 101 tonnes of CO2 which he could have mitigated by giving J.P.
Morgan around $1450 to make his travels carbon-neutral, in line with the claims of the UN.
"UN leads by example, purchasing carbon credit offsets for September convention."
Leading climate scare-monger Professor John Schellnhuber recently put the maximum sum
of greenhouse gases to be emitted until 2050 at 600 to 750 billion metric tonnes of CO2.
"You divide the 750 billion tons of CO2 by the world's total population, and have the
per capita budget of emissions allowed until 2050, of some 110 tonnes of CO2,"
said Schellnhuber, who is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact
So if we believe that the earth is a fixed container into which you can only put so much and
take out so much, rather than the dynamic, non-linear, chaotic system that it is, Pachauri used
over 40 years worth in 19 months and of course he is still travelling the world.
In my calculation of his travel, I ma