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15 July 2024

Climate chief heats things up with racy new novel

By Penny MacRae

The UN's top climate official, who is at the heart of a controversy over incorrect global warming data, has penned a racy novel which dishes up sex, reincarnation and a real-life Hollywood actress.

The debut fiction work is in contrast to the dry academic tomes that 69-year-old Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has previously written.

Return to Almora, which has recently hit bookshops, is laced with steamy references to the sexual urges of the protagonist Sanjay Nath who, like Pachauri, studied engineering.

The book also weaves in lectures on the environment and the fate of Himalayan glaciers – the issue which has triggered calls for Pachauri's resignation. Pachauri has refused to step down over an error in which an IPCC report forecast Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035.

Several passages from the book may interest the judges of London's Bad Sex awards, an annual celebration of the worst bedroom scenes in literature.

Pachauri, whose previous 20 books include titles such as Business unusual: championing corporate social responsibility, says he wrote the romp while on international business flights. (AFP)


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