Well, the climate establishment has delivered on what was expected from them. Richard Black, BBC, wrote yesterday dropping hints of what was to come.
They know [the IPCC] has to be rigorous in its methodologies and beyond reproach in its governance – and seen to be so
And Busan is where all of this comes out for debate.
So far, so good…
There’s clearly a lot to get through in the four days; and delegates I’ve spoken to are wondering just how much can be achieved.
Doubtless, not all of the seams will be stitched in Busan – some will require a good amount of detailed attention and a report back at a later date.
So, it was clear to him that nothing was going to come out of Busan
Jeffrey Ball, reports in the Wall Street Journal today,
But [the IAC] recommended several changes at the IPCC to minimize the chance for future errors.Among those recommendations: The council said top IPCC officials should serve only six years, roughly the length of time the panel typically takes to prepare one of its major climate-science reports.
But what decision did the IPCC Conference at Busan reach?
Mr. Pachauri said in a news conference Thursday that the IPCC had effectively endorsed his continuing as chairman through the completion of the panel’s next major climate-science report, due out in 2014.
What did they know and what did they do?
The IPCC knew about its problems. Quoting Richard Black, who assessed the mood at the conference thus:
The erroneous melting date for Himalayan glaciers, allegations of conflict of interest against chairman Rajendra Pachauri, […] … these and other issues were held by some to mean that the emperor was either clad in disreputable rags, or wore no clothes at all.
Governments funding the IPCC for its activities knew the story as well. Quoting Black again:
Governments know it too; after all, they’re paying for it.
So what action did the IPCC take, to remedy the situation? Nothing.
As expected, we have now been informed that RK Pachauri the current IPCC chairman is going to stay on. Indeed we are being told, that not only will Pachauri stay on at the IPCC, he will do more things too. Quoting Pachauri:
I now also have a commitment to oversee the implentation of the reforms that have come out of the review process.
Here is an organization that cannot tackle its own internal issues, but yet expects the whole world to take advice from it for solving a supposed global problem.