New Delhi, Dec 20: Dr R K Pachauri, head of Nobel-winning Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations, has been named "Newsmaker of the Year" by British Science journal Nature. The noted Indian environmentalist, whose IPCC report on the global warming and impending climate change shook the world into action, shared this year's Nobel Peace prize for his UN panel with former US Vice President Al Gore.
While noting that the fourth asesment report of the IPCC published earlier this year was the work of hundreds of scietists, the Nature magazine said,'' a particular burden fell on the chair, and in that capacity Pachauri worked ceaselessly, and sometimes sleeplessly, to create, compromise where necessary while refusing to dilute, the key messages from the academic community he serves." Dr Pachauri, who is the Director General of the Delhi-based Energy Resource Institute, has been tirelessly working for promoting energy efficiency to cut the demand the the fossil fuels, the burning of which is mainly responsible for emision of the Green House Gases into the atmosphere which is responsible for global warming leading to climate change.
Receiving the Nobel on December 10, Dr Pachauri had said that if the world continued with the negligence in protecting the environment and natural resources, it could cost the human race very dear and lead to some irreversible impacts.