U.N. Climate Change Scientist Rajendra Pachauri Faces More Sexual Harassment Allegations

Robert Jonathan

Rajendra Pachauri, the former chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reportedly has two more sexual harassment accusers.

Dr. Pachauri a leading climate change/global warming activist and proponent, submitted his resignation from the IPCC on February 24 after he was accused of allegedly sending inappropriate texts and emails to a 29-year-old female research employee at The Energy and Resources Institute, the Delhi, India, think tank that he runs.

"For more than a decade, R. K. Pachauri has been one of the most powerful men in the global climate change apparatus. Today he's being dubbed a sex pest over allegations that broke last week about sexually harassing female staff," Truth Revolt observed.

His second term as head of the influential U.N. panel was due to conclude in October 2015. Pachauri's committee has repeatedly warned of the grave dangers posed by climate change and man-made global warming and also called for a ban on fossil fuels. The IPCC and Al Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

In the letter, Pachauri described his passion for protecting the Earth's ecosystems as "my religion."

Apparently, sexual harassment is a criminal offense in India, and Delhi police are conducting an investigation into the allegation. Late last week, a Delhi court granted the ex-climate change boss what is called "interim bail" until a March 27 court date and possible arrest. In the meantime, he is prohibited him from going to the office or leaving India without judicial permission.

The former U.N. official, 74, has denied any misconduct in relation to the researcher and claims his phone was hacked. He reportedly turned over his electronic devices to the cops but some of the memory cards have gone missing.

Pachauri is currently hospitalized and receiving treatment for a heart condition.

He has also stepped down from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 18-member council for climate change.

As alluded to above, two women who worked in the same institute have now come forward with additional sexual harassment claims against Rajendra Pachauri. "[T]wo other former TERI female employees have made similar claims of workplace sexual harassment by the 75-year-old, who holds 23 honorary doctorates and numerous influential board positions including with UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank and Bill Clinton's Climate Initiative. Neither woman has yet lodged a formal complaint," The Australian reported.

There allegedly is also a physical component to the original complaint against Rajendra Pachauri, according to The Australian. "'On many occasions,' and despite her continued resistance, he would forcibly grab her, hug and kiss her, hold her hand and make sexual overtones, [the police report] claims."

Added a human rights lawyer reportedly involved in the case, "Presently there are three (women making allegations) but I would not close the list as there are many that are not speaking out."

Reacting to the initial sexual harassment accusation, climate change skeptic Christopher Booker of the London Telegraph is not a fan of Rajendra Pachauri. "Laughably described as 'the world's leading climate scientist,' this absurd figure, with his PhD in the economics of railway engineering from an obscure US university, should never have been given the job in the first place. As a vegetarian, he jetted round the world exhorting everyone else to save the planet by giving up air travel and meat. Thanks to the prestige of his position, his institute was showered with millions of dollars by international institutions, from global banks to Yale University (not to mention £10 million from British taxpayers)."

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