Change Agent

Back from Paris after presenting a climate change report, Dr Rajendra Pachauri was disturbed by a mosquito's buzz as he rested in his New Delhi home last week.

What alarmed the environmental expert, who chaired the United Nations-backed panel which issued the report, was not the insect's presence so much as the timing: This is the height of the northern Indian winter and flies and mosquitoes ought to have vanished.

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