IT'S DIFFICULT to really know where to start in describing Lord Christopher Monckton, one of the planet's most outspoken deniers of the risks of human-caused climate change.
You could say he's the leader of the Scotland branch of a fringe UK political party, for example.
But earlier this week, Lord Monckton gave himself another title.
In an opinion column about how climate change had nothing to do with the deadly superstorm Sandy, Lord Monckton wrote how he was “an appointed expert reviewer for the forthcoming “Fifth Assessment Report” to be published by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”
Now that's pretty impressive stuff. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gathers and summarises the world's research on climate change.
I wondered how one might be “appointed” as an “expert reviewer”, so I asked the secretariat at the IPCC about the process.