How honoured are we? The chairman of the IPCC and soft-porn novelist Rajendra Pachauri is going to lecture us on the science of climate change.
“Depending on what media you read or follow, Dr Pachauri is either the world’s leading climate change scientist or an alarmist but he has argued that the issue of climate change requires sane and rational responses and we have decided that this year’s Fusion lecture will play a role in that,” he said.
“Dr Pachauri has said previously that the West needs to make major structural and policy changes in the way it goes about economic development – wealth needs to be shifted from the developed to the developing nations.
For an organisation like the IPCC which is supposed to be about science, this call to re-distribute the wealth sounds more like a political statement (one which subscribes to the fallacy of a limited pot of wealth). The purpose of science in policy-making is purely to advise of the consequences of certain courses of action, not advocating one or the other.