Friday, January 22, 2010

Now that's robust

Despite the ["glaciergate"] controversy, the IPCC said that it stood by its overall conclusions about glacier loss this century in big mountain ranges including the Himalayas. "This conclusion is robust, appropriate, and entirely consistent with the underlying science and the broader IPCC assessment," it said.

That is from the distinctly wimpish report in The Times, which does not hesitate to retail one of the IPCC's favourite words - robust. But, on the other hand, we get an Indian blogger give us his "take" on the affair:
Pachauri now says "I don't want to stoop to the level of muck that some people are trying to create." The muck is in your face Mr Pachauri, and it is pretty dirty and it is sticking. You need to clear it.

All that you have to do, if your conscience is clean, is to disclose your and TERI's earnings, the sources thereof, and the details of how all that money is being spent by the non-profit organisation you have been part of since 1981. If you and Hasnain and others like you really have nothing to hide, or be ashamed of, why the hesitation?
Now, that's robust – but then, so are the comments on The Times piece.