Where are the Feminists?

28 December, 2015:

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said she quit the governing council of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) three months ago over a matter of “principle” related to the accusations of sexual harassment facing director general RK Pachauri.

“I did not stand in judgment but it is the principle I stood for,” the Biocon chairman and managing director said in the strongest comments against Pachauri that have been made by a former or current member of the governing council.

Pachauri has consistently denied the allegations.

He was booked by the Delhi Police on February 18 on charges of sexual harassment at the workplace, criminal intimidation and stalking levelled by a 29-year-old woman who worked as a research analyst in his office. The case was first reported by ET.

… at a recent governing council meeting, Pachauri was elevated as executive vice-chairman of the governing council of TERI.

Also, a proposal to give him operational powers is being considered by the governing council.

Feb, 2015:
Harassment Case: Rajendra K Pachauri quits PM’s council on climate change 

Dr Rajendra K Pachauri, booked on charges of sexually harassing one of his colleagues in Teri, has withdrawn from the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change.

Earlier, he had also quit as chair of the United Nation’s International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), and proceeded to go on leave from TERI where he is the director-general.

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Where are the feminists?

Kangaroos outnumber Green Jobs in Oz

Only in Oz would a mob of kangaroos in the shade of a tree out-number the workers in a green utopia of clean energy:

700 miles west of Sydney, a solar farm the size of London’s Hyde Park shimmers like an oasis – its panels sending enough electricity to the national grid to power 17,000 homes a year.

 Kangaroos occasionally outnumber the two or three people needed to run the plant.

The Australian government aims to get almost a quarter of the nation’s power from clean energy sources by 2020.

SMH, 22 December, 2015: How Broken Hill became a solar power trailblazer

The “Oasis” of green jobs is just one mirage in the green utopia of PM Talkbull as this will never supply a city like Sydney 24/7, 700 mies away.

Not even if you cut down trees & covered an area the size of  100 Hyde Parks with solar farms by 2020.


Getting rid of the hot air

Four years ago, environmental studies professor Roger Pielke Jr calculated that, in order to meet its 2020 emissions targets, Australia would need to replace its coal-generated electricity supply with 56 nuclear power plants – or open dozens of new solar power facilities every month.

Eager to be seen to be fighting climate change, Australia’s leaders had embraced a timetable Pielke describes as “fanciful at best”.

✈ Flying Climate Fraud Quotes ✈

June 24, 1986, NYT:


“In an interesting analogy, we learn from the writer-producer Richard Broad, of Boston’s public-television station WGBH, that a single trans-Atlantic flight consumes all the energy that an acre of forest produces in 100 years.”

September 21, 2006, theguardian:

✈ On the flightpath to Global Meltdown by George Monbiot

“According to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the carbon emissions per passenger mile “for a fully loaded cruising airliner are comparable to a passenger car carrying three or four people”

On a return flight from London to New York, every passenger produces roughly 1.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide: the very quantity we will each be entitled to emit in a year once the necessary cut in emissions has been made.”

 September 9, 2010, theguardian:

✈ The surprisingly complex truth about planes and climate change

… one transatlantic flight can add as much to your carbon footprint as a typical year’s worth of driving.

June 13, 2013, quartz.com:

✈ Why flying first class increases your carbon footprint by six times

“The World Bank has published a new working paper (PDF) that shows how passengers in premium airline classes create more of the C02 that leads to global warming.”

December 3, 2014, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: Key Events 

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Marriott Marquis Salon

✈ Warmer Climate Threatens Airplane Takeoffs

“Hot weather can reduce lift, forcing airlines to offload cargo and passengers, eating into their bottom line.”

May 30, 2015, theguardian:

✈ France defends ‘imperfect’ fossil fuel sponsors for Paris climate summit

“French climate official says sponsorship of UN climate conference by EDF, Air France, and other big carbon emitters was needed for financial reasons”

June 4, 2015, slate: By  Eric Holthaus

✈ Just Plane Wrong

“To be clear: Flying is a luxury. Just 5 percent of the world’s population has ever set foot on an airplane.

In 2013 my wife and I decided to stop flying for good in an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint.

recent study showed that a $1,000 flight from Chicago to London would need to go up in price only $14 per year to curb demand enough to reduce emissions. Another recent analysis said that demand management—reducing the total number of flights—is necessary to keep climate change to a rise of no more than 2 degrees Celsius.”

July 13, 2015, via wuwt:July 13, 2015, via wuwt:

✈ Wild claim: air travel emitted CO2 affects climate, El Niño

Air travel and climate: A potential new feedback?

“A new study by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Wisconsin Madison found a connection between climate and airline flight times, suggesting a feedback loop could exist between the carbon emissions of airplanes and our changing climate. The study was published in this week’s Nature Climate Change”

September 11, 2015, theconversation:

✈ How strong are the world’s new climate targets? Here are four things to consider

“A return flight from Sydney to Perth per-person emits about one tonne of CO2, of which 400 kg will still remain in the atmosphere after 100 years, and about 200 kg will still be airborne in 1,000 years.”                                                         – Pep Candell, Executive director, Global Carbon Project at CSIRO

December 4, 2015, theconversation:

✈ Discussing the ‘success’ of limiting aviation emissions is just hot air

If the aviation industry was a country, it would be ranked seventh in the world for carbon emissions, between Germany and South Korea.