Pachauri blamed much of the fallout from the texts and emails on what he calls a witch hunt by global warming so-called deniers, skeptics and critics. He claims he is the victim of entrapment by his enemies. “What is disturbing [is] that right from the first day over a period of about 16 months she was creating and assembling an archive of messages,” he told The Observer, “which to anyone would seem very unusual. As far as I know, the emails, text messages etc. that she collected were personal, semi-personal and only in a few cases official.”
Others believe YCEI folded up shop principally because of Pachauri’s alleged sexual proclivities. “Yale’s decision to close its doors on its climate institute has to be in part related to Pachauri. His behavior has cast a long shadow on the organizations that he has been affiliated with,” Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot, an online outlet reporting on climate issues, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a Wednesday interview. He added: “Pachauri’s sex scandals and his sinking reputation had to chill financial donations to Yale’s institute.” Morano went on to suggest that Al Gore’s organizations have suffered from dwindling funds, too.
Die Welt presents its list of laureates to whom they feel the award was a blunder. Here are the top 5:
1. Henry Kissinger
2. Yasser Arafat
3. Al Gore and Rajendra Pachauri
4. Wangari Maathai
5. Barack Obama
Gore and Pachauri come in third.
'Since then Gore’s climate-political engagement has diminished markedly, as well as that of then IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri, who was sharply criticized because he used dubious data to promote doomsday scenarios such as predictions of the destruction of the Netherlands or the desertification of the Amazon rainforest.'
Time Mag: Global food production accounts for one-third of all greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a comprehensive study published this year in the journal Nature Food that looked at every aspect of food production from transportation to packaging. Meat production alone makes up nearly 60% of that total. The study underscores the growing consensus that in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, the world needs a dramatic rethinking of how food is produced and consumed...
Increasingly, companies and scientists are viewing insects as an environmentally sustainable alternative source of protein. Crickets, grasshoppers and beetles are already commercially produced and processed for human and animal consumption. Ynsect, a 10-year-old French company, is focused on mealworms, the larval stage of beetles.
Ynsect co-founder and CEO Antoine Hubert: "We are not far from reaching tipping points where then things get worse and it cascades and waterfalls—you can’t stop it anymore. Time is very critical...There is a huge need to reduce our consumption of beef. We should keep beef consumption, grazing, on a smaller scale with high levels of fresh products. But everything that is a processed meat should be 100% replaced at some point by alternatives. Insects will be a part of the answer."