Pachauri, leader of Peace Prize winning climate panel, dies at 79

Nobel laureate Rajendra Pachauri has maintained innocence in a sexual harassment accusation made by a staff member at an Indian environment institute he led five years ago. – EPA pic, February 14, 2020.

INDIAN environmentalist Rajendra Pachauri, who led the UN climate change group that won a Nobel Peace Prize but whose later years were dogged by sexual harassment allegations, has died at the age of 79.

Pachauri – who helmed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for more than a decade – died in a New Delhi hospital late yesterday after undergoing open heart surgery this week, his family said.

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