Glaciologist Syed Hasnain: “I was keeping quiet as I was working here…” UPDATE: so Parchouri’s TERI could rake in a half million?
But Syed Hasnain, the Indian glaciologist erroneously quoted as making the [Himalayan glacier melt] 2035 prediction, said that responsibility had to lie with them [the IPCC]. “It is the lead authors — blame goes to them,” he told The Times. “There are many mistakes in it. It is a very poorly made report.”
But, even though we referenced this article in a previous story on Pachauri, a reader today pointed out something that we didn’t even notice. Read these paragraphs, and particularly the one in bold:
Professor Hasnain, who was not involved in drafting the IPCC report, said that he noticed some of the mistakes when he first read the relevant section in 2008.
That was also the year he joined The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi, which is headed by Dr Pachauri.
He said he realised that the 2035 prediction was based on an interview he gave to the New Scientist magazine in 1999, although he blamed the journalist for assigning the actual date.
He said that he did not tell Dr Pachauri because he was not working for the IPCC and was busy with his own programmes at the time.
“I was keeping quiet as I was working here,” he said. “My job is not to point out mistakes. And you know the might of the IPCC. What about all the other glaciologists around the world who did not speak out?”
Yes, Mr. Hasnain, what about all the other glaciologists around the world who did not speak out? Seems like a common occurrence in all areas of climate change “science.”
Another reader just sent us some VERY interesting information. About Syed Hasnain, who’s job wasn’t to point out mistakes. Maybe there is another reason he kept his mouth shut. From the UK Telegraph comes a story exposing that Hasnain works for the Delhi-based company of which Dr Pachauri is director-general:
What has now come to light, however, is that the scientist from whom this claim originated, Dr Syed Hasnain, has for the past two years been working as a senior employee of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Delhi-based company of which Dr Pachauri is director-general. Furthermore, the claim – now disowned by Dr Pachauri as chairman of the IPCC – has helped TERI to win a substantial share of a $500,000 grant from one of America’s leading charities, along with a share in a three million euro research study funded by the EU.
Yes, keeping his mouth shut resulted in an extra half-million for Pachauri’s TERI.
Follow the money.
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