The U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer has resigned to join a consultancy group as an adviser, the U.N. climate secretariat said on Thursday, two months after a disappointing Copenhagen summit.Yes, just what academia needs is another true believer advising them. Perhaps he can work on some money-wasting projects such as this.
De Boer will step down on July 1 to join KPMG, the U.N. framework convention on climate change (UNFCCC) said in a statement. He has led the agency since 2006.
"It was a difficult decision to make, but I believe the time is ripe for me to take on a new challenge, working on climate and sustainability with the private sector and academia," de Boer said in the statement.
A disastrous series of failed climate change publicity stunts cost taxpayers £9million, it emerged yesterday.Serial fabricator Al Gore remains in seclusion and unavailable for comment.
The projects paid for by the Government’s Climate Challenge Fund did next to nothing to change public opinion, a Whitehall report found.
It said the initiatives were almost entirely preaching to the converted and that trying to drum up interest through sensationalism only put people off.
Schemes included a £40,000 DVD in which schoolchildren explained that in ten years everyone will have to wear sunglasses all the time, because the sun will be shining more.
A tent set up in shopping centres and labelled an ‘experiential climate dome’ was subsidised by Whitehall to the tune of nearly £400,000; a computer game cost £47 every time it was played; and a series of ‘challenging pub quizzes’ about climate change cost more than £85,000.
Large grants went to councils, schools and youth groups for ‘attitude modification’ programmes and to assure the public that man-made global warming is an established scientific fact.
And £200,000 went to Oxford University to ‘take climate change into the community’.
Details of the projects and the report for Ed Miliband’s Department of Energy and Climate Change – which was never published – were unearthed by the TaxPayers’ Alliance through Freedom of Information requests.
Matthew Sinclair, the group’s research director, said: ‘The Government has clearly crossed the line from public information to propaganda on climate change.