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Return to Almora, by Rajendra Pachauri

Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  (Source:
Steamy novel is set in the Himalayas, the site of Mr. Pachauri's controversial melting proclamations

Imagine this.  You've been caught at work in an exaggeration that has put your organization's central campaign at jeopardy.  Some are calling for your resignation, but you're currently surviving on your past accolades.  So what do you do?

Well if you're Rajendra Pachauri, the embattled Indian economist who chairs the UN IPCC, you apparently write a raunchy novel.  Pachauri has aired to the public what has been occupying his spare time -- a tome of sexual fantasies and frustrations entitled Return to Almora.  The book chronicles the adventures of a liberated climate expert seeking love in the 1960s.

Obviously, Pachauri has freedom to behave how he sees fit in his personal life.  However, many are critical of the public figure's decision to share his fantasies with the public.

Moreover, they note that the book's titular setting, Almora -- an Indian town in the province of Uttarakhand that's nestled up against the Himalayan Mountains -- is particularly ironic given Pachauri's recent trouble.  Pachauri came under fire several weeks ago when he was forced to retract part of the IPCC's 2007 climate report, a critical document that policy makers worldwide are using to shape pending climate legislation and restrictions.  

Pachauri claimed in the document that the Himalayan glaciers could melt as early as 2035, but that turned out to be pure speculation -- and incorrect, at that.  Scientists who are supportive of warming theory admitted that even in their most pessimistic scenarios, the glacier would last for a hundred or more years.  It appears that Pachauri pulled the figure literally out of thin air, and now it has put him on thin ice.

So, perhaps it was not the wisest decision for Pachauri to set his new novel in the Himalayas.  Or perhaps it's another bold move for a man who once suggested that the world shun meat to fight climate change.  

One would hope, though, that Pachauri at least penned a quality work, that would make his gamble pay off, and the criticism he would surely receive worth it.  Unfortunately, Return to Almara is no praiseworthy litany of lust, says romance novelist Kathy Lette.  Lette, whose own work has sold millions thanks to its refined raunch, comments in a CNN interview, "The sex scenes are so, so terrible.  But in fact he is in charge of climate change so it is just a lot of hot air."

Pachauri's work does at least have major backing, though.  The multi-billionaire boss of India's largest energy company is launching the book with Pachauri.  And Pachauri also has company in the circle of politicians turned romance novelists.  Many famous political figures worldwide have launched raunchy novels in the past, including former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

In an effort to keep this entry clean, we'll offer you a link to Climate Audit's story on the topic, which includes an excerpt of the work.

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Crank of the Week
By kattanna on 2/10/2010 10:52:32 AM , Rating: 4

After a report debunking IPCC claims that Himalayan glaciers were melting faster than other glaciers and that they would be fully melted by 2035, Pachauri termed the research “voodoo science” and accused the Indian environment ministry of “arrogance” for its report.

the more you read about this man, the more one has to shake his head in disbelief.

RE: Crank of the Week
By mandrews on 2/10/2010 11:58:47 AM , Rating: 2
Definitely a good read.

The more one considers the mire of problems associated with Pachauri, the more one wonders why in the world the Nobel Peace Prize organizers handed him and Al Gore the prestigious award in 2007.

The man is no climatologist, yet he's pushing for the most sweeping economic restrictions in mankind's history, based on theory that he can hardly understand and which is unproven in the first place.

Global warming isn't a threat to mankind, adopting crippling economic restrictions that reduce us to living like cavemen is the real threat.

Here's another good one on the topic:

RE: Crank of the Week
By reader1 on 2/10/10, Rating: -1
RE: Crank of the Week
By kattanna on 2/10/2010 12:44:57 PM , Rating: 5
how about you prove that it is a threat?

RE: Crank of the Week
By reader1 on 2/10/10, Rating: -1
RE: Crank of the Week
By kattanna on 2/10/2010 3:13:48 PM , Rating: 1
why? if CO2 where the primary reason for warming, then the temperature would rise steadily year after year as the concentration rose, yet it hasnt.

proof alone that CO2 isnt the MAJOR cause of climate change.

RE: Crank of the Week
By xpax on 2/10/2010 9:17:50 PM , Rating: 1
That's what we're attempting to do by decreasing C02 emissions.

Incorrect. Decreasing CO2 emissions is a response, not a diagnosis. In order to justify a response, there needs to be something verifiable to respond to.

By the way, it's CO2, not C02. One carbon atom, two oxygen. It's not the number on the side of the General Lee.

RE: Crank of the Week
By MozeeToby on 2/10/2010 3:24:37 PM , Rating: 3
The question isn't whether it's a threat or not, if global temperatures increase by a significant amount, it will cause problems. Rises in sea level, changing ocean currents, and changing weather patterns. Furthermore, we suspect that global temperatures have been increasing since the end of the little ice age, possibly more or less recently (the research is too politically sensitive to truly trust in my opinion). In the medium to long term, temperatures have been rising.

The questions that matter are:
Is there anything we can do about it?
How much human suffering and problems will warming cause?
Will doing something about warming cause fewer problems than not doing something about it?

And that last is the question that gets forgotten. Even assuming that CO2 is the be all and end all cause of global warming, I've yet to see an analysis that shows the cost of eliminating emissions (which would have to be the end goal) compared to the cost of doing nothing. Reducing and ending emissions will stall development of third world countries, it will decrease the amount of food than can be grown on a given piece of land, and it will increase the cost of energy and with it the cost of every single thing we do.

RE: Crank of the Week
By steven975 on 2/10/2010 5:15:48 PM , Rating: 2
It was a perfectly valid Null know, for science and all.

In science, one proves the affirmative, not the other way around.

RE: Crank of the Week
By porkpie on 2/10/2010 12:12:44 PM , Rating: 2

Why did you not include the most serious allegations against Pachauri, that he has been secretly profiting financially off the allegations he's been publicly making through the IPCC? Those are the ones that most demand a strict accounting.

RE: Crank of the Week
By aegisofrime on 2/16/2010 11:45:27 AM , Rating: 3
Actually, I myself have thought that Al Gore and Pachauri should be investigated to find out if they have any shares or interests in "green" companies. It's clearly a conflict of interest of they do.

By nstott on 2/10/2010 2:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
Everybody here needs to realize that global warming has now become passe and that there are far more devastating natural disasters coming our way, such as the imminent SUPERNOVA :

It's commin' y'all!

By kattanna on 2/10/2010 3:10:47 PM , Rating: 2
no.. that was last months news..


its 3rd hand smoke

By nstott on 2/10/2010 3:47:20 PM , Rating: 2
...along with obesity-induced flatulence.

By nstott on 2/10/2010 3:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
Do you suffer from OIF?

By arazok on 2/16/2010 11:25:24 AM , Rating: 2
Oh man, my Doctor was pushing that crap on me the other day. Now if you’re a smoker with kids, it’s not good enough to smoke only outside, at least 500 feet away from your kids. 3rd hand smoke follows you, and unless you shower and throw out your clothes after each cigarette, you’re kids will get cancer and die.

I expect it’s only a matter of time before children’s aid kicks in my door and smells my hands for evidence of child abuse.

By jackbrosnan on 2/22/2010 2:36:51 AM , Rating: 2
By corduroygt on 2/10/2010 9:08:29 PM , Rating: 3
I personally make sure to eat some extra meat, idle my SUV for a minute or two in the morning, and floor the pedal when I need to pass someone or just starting from a red light.
I've been driving everywhere in vehicles that got <20mpg on average for the past 10 years, and I don't intend to ever stop unless gas becomes too expensive.

By Pythias on 2/15/2010 11:01:18 AM , Rating: 2
What?! You forgot to barbecue baby seals over a tire fire every Earth Day. Philistine!

By just4U on 2/19/2010 12:28:25 PM , Rating: 2
Brilliant idea! We Canadians need a fresh market since the EU wants to ban seal products in Europe. A tradition like that could really help the cause! ;)

works of fiction....
By johnsonx on 2/11/2010 5:22:22 PM , Rating: 5
As he had great success with previous works of fiction, such as the IPCC climate report, it makes sense he'd write another.

RE: works of fiction....
By sigilscience on 2/16/2010 11:30:48 AM , Rating: 2
You should get a six for that one.

By borismkv on 2/11/2010 2:44:28 PM , Rating: 2
They had climate experts in the 60's? I don't think they really even have climate experts *today*.

People need proof, not preaching.
By reader1 on 2/10/10, Rating: -1
RE: People need proof, not preaching.
By bug77 on 2/10/2010 10:03:42 AM , Rating: 3
Dude, do you have any other idea? Cause you've already posted this one at least 3 times in the last 7 days.

By clovell on 2/10/2010 11:15:46 AM , Rating: 2
That's a lot more involved than simply mixing baking soda & vinegar, kid.

RE: People need proof, not preaching.
By zozzlhandler on 2/10/2010 6:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, those proposing global warming have all the earmarks of a religion, including (unfortunately) opression of those who disagree with them.

Certainly, the global warming alarmists are preaching - as, it would seem, you are too.

Now we have to prove global warming is not happening?

What happened to you guys proving it *was* happening?

RE: People need proof, not preaching.
By Grabo on 2/12/10, Rating: 0
RE: People need proof, not preaching.
By porkpie on 2/13/2010 11:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
""Oppression of those who disagree with them" ..that's somehwat ironic"

You're comparing a post getting downrated to the oppression and threats levelled against GW skeptics? Are you joking?

Several GW scientists have actually called for skeptics to be put on TRIAL for disagreeing with them. One even said skeptics should be shot as war criminals. We've had others make serious attempts to remove the credentials from weathermen who fail to buy into the GW hype, a step that would prevent them from working. (interestingly enough, more half of all professional meteorologists disbelieve in AGW).

At least half a dozen skeptical scientists have actually lost their positions due to political pressure against them...the state climatologists of Washington and Virginia among them. Countless others have lost research funding as a result of their views. In fact, to even be ELIGIBLE for government research funding in many EU nations, a research abstract has to at least implicitly accept AGW orthodoxy.

Skeptical scientists regularly receive death threats and other threats of violence against them. Some environmental groups have devoted entire websites and action groups to digging up dirt on any scientist who dares to disbelieve.

You put all this on par with having your post downrated? Have you no shame, sir?

RE: People need proof, not preaching.
By Grabo on 2/15/10, Rating: -1
"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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