South Korean climate change expert Heosung Lee elected IPCC head

Q.  Which climate change expert was elected as the new IPCC chairman succeeding RK Pachauri?
- Published on 08 Oct 15

a. Chris Field
b. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele
c. Thomas Stocker
d. Hoesung Lee

ANSWER: Hoesung Lee
 
South Korean climate change expert Housing Lee was elected as new chief of IPCC succeeding RK Pachauri who resigned following allegations of sexual harassment. Lee is currently professor of economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development at Korea University in Seoul. He was also the vice chairman of the IPCC since the year 2008. He has become the fourth IPCC head after Bert Bolin, Bob Watson and RK Pachauri. Pachauri served in the IPCC for the longest period of time, having been elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008. Lee was 1 of 6 candidates contesting for the post of IPCC head. Others in the fray included Stanford University’s Chris Field, Jean Pascal van Ypersele from Belgium, Ogunlade Davidson (Sierra Leone), Nebojsa Nakicenovic (Austria and Montenegro) and Thomas Stocker of Switzerland. IPCC was created in 1988 as a project of UNEP and WMO.

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