The International Panel on Climate Change is holding a conference to draft a report on global warming and what can be done to stop it. In an apparent dig at diplomats who might try to influence the report's conclusions, Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, said that scientists were determined to "adhere to standards of quality.” So the head of the Nobel-winning IPCC wants to cut out the politicians' influence, eh? Apparently the U.N.'s top climate official, Yvo de Boer, didn't get the message. He opened up the conference with a warning to scientists and policy makers responsible for drafting the report. Boer told them that their failure to conclude that climate change threatens the existence of poor peoples would be “criminally irresponsible,” and an attack upon the impoverished of the world. As of this posting, I am still waiting for Pachauri to reprimand Boer for attempting to influence the proceedings.