IPCC Chief Resigns After Sexual Harassment Accusations
Interim chairman takes overas longtime head RajendraPachauri faces sexualharassment accusationsfrom several formeremployees
The United Nations’climate science body, whichis currently meeting inNairobi, Kenya, will now beheaded temporarily by ViceChairman Ismail El Gizouli.
Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IntergovernmentalPanel on Climate Change (IPCC), resigned on February 24following accusations of sexual harassment by a formeremployee at the energy think tank he heads in New Delhi.The United Nations’ climate science body, which was thenmeeting in Nairobi, Kenya, was headed temporarily byVice Chairman Ismail El Gizouli.
Pachauri, 74, did not travel to Nairobi that week forthe IPCC meeting due to a police investigation intoa complaint filed Feb. 13 by a 29-year-old employee.According to the complaint, she accused Pachauri ofsending text messages and emails since September 2013that were inappropriate (ClimateWire, Feb. 19).