Rajendra K. Pachauri
The chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri (born 20 August 1940) has served as the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2002, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 during his tenure.
He has also been the director general of TERI, a research and policy organization in India, and chancellor of TERI University; besides being the chairman of the governing council of the National Agro Foundation (NAF), as well as the chairman of the board of Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society.
Pachauri has been outspoken about climate change. He is now serving as the head of Yale’s Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI). An article in January 2010 in the Daily Telegraph alleged that Pachauri had misappropriated funds; of which no evidence was found and an apology issued to Pachauri in August 2010 by the newspaper.
On 20 April 2002, Pachauri was elected Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations panel established by the WMO and UNEP to assess information relevant for understanding climate change.
Pachauri has been vocal on the issue of climate change and said, “What is happening, and what is likely to happen, convinces me that the world must be really ambitious and very determined at moving toward a 350 target.”
350 refers to the level in parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that top climate scientists such as NASA’s James Hansen agree to be a safe upper limit in order to avoid a climate tipping point.