There is no climate emergency
A global network of 700 scientists and professionals has prepared this urgent message. Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific. Scientists should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures.
Natural as well as anthropogenic factors cause warming
The geological archive reveals that Earth’s climate has varied as long as the planet has existed, with natural cold and warm phases. The Little Ice Age ended as recently as 1850. Therefore, it is no surprise that we now are experiencing a period of warming.
Warming is far slower than predicted
The world has warmed significantly less than predicted by IPCC on the basis of modeled anthropogenic forcing. The gap between the real world and the modeled world tells us that we are far from understanding climate change.
Climate policy relies on inadequate models
Climate models have many shortcomings and are not remotely plausible as global policy tools. They blow up the effect of greenhouse gases such as CO2. In addition, they ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial.
CO2 is plant food, the basis of all life on Earth
CO2 is not a pollutant. It is essential to all life on Earth. Photosynthesis is a blessing. More CO2 is beneficial for nature, greening the Earth: additional CO2 in the air has promoted growth in global plant biomass. It is also good for agriculture, increasing the yields of crops worldwide.
Global warming has not increased natural disasters
There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent. However, there is ample evidence that CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly.
Climate policy must respect scientific and economic realities
There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm. We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050. If better approaches emerge, and they certainly will, we have ample time to reflect and re-adapt. The aim of global policy should be ‘prosperity for all’ by providing reliable and affordable energy at all times. In a prosperous society men and women are well educated, birthrates are low and people care about their environment.
1. Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, Peer of the Realm and author of several reviewed papers on climate; WCD Ambassador
2. Paul Binns, Former Research Geoscientist and Climate Researcher
3. David Bodecott, Consultant Geophysics and Geology, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
4. D. Q. Bowen, Emeritus Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Fellow International Union for Quaternary Research, Cardiff University
5. Michael Brown, Expert in large scale thermal fluid dynamic models.
6. John C. W. Cope, Professor of Geology, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
7. Richard Courtney, Retired Material Scientist, Expert Peer Reviewer of the IPCC
8. Peter Cunningham, Expert in Mathematical Modelling of Complex Physical Phenoma
9. Isabel Davis, Geophysicist and Entrepreneur
10. John Dewey, Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University College Oxford, Distinguished Emeritus Professor University of California, Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society
11. Howard Dewhirst FGS, Geologist, Initiator Open Letter to the Geological Society of London
12. Gregor Dixon FGS, Geologist, former member Geological Society of London
13. Roderick Paul Eaton, Retired Energy Systems Analyst from the UK Electricity Supply Industry
14. Peter Gill, Physicist, Former Chair of the Institute of Physics Energy Group, UK
15. Gil Gilchrist, Geophysicist, UK
16. Jimmy Haigh, Independent Geological Consultant
17. Tim Harper FGS, Geologist, Entrepreneur, Devon
18. John Harrison, Former Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer
19. Bob Heath, retired Geophysicist, Honorary member of the Indian Society of Petroleum Geologists
20. Alex Henney, Formerly London Electricity Board, Consultant on Electricity Matters
21. Roger Higgs, DPhil (Oxon), Independent Geological Consultant, Geoclastica Ltd.
22. Keith H. James, PhD, Consultant Geologist
23. David A. L. Jenkins, Geologist, Director Hurricane Energy plc
24. Chris Jesshope, Emeritus Professor University of Amsterdam, Director Techne Consulting Ltd. (UK)
25. Roger Longstaff, Experimental Space Physicist and Company Director
26. Chris Matchatte-Downes, Geologist, fellow of the geological Society of Gt Britain
27. Stuart Munro, Exploration Geologist and Geophysicist
28. Edward Nealon, Geologist Member of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, UK
29. Peter Owen FGS, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
30. Dennis Paterson, Geologist, retired
31. Clive Randle, Geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
32. Michael J. Rath, Professional Forrester
33. Ceri Reid, Researcher, Engineer and Manager
34. Michael F. Ridd, Geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
35. Richard Saumarez, Biomedical Engineer from Imperial College
36. Michael Seymour, geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society of London
37. Stephen Taylor, PhD, Infra-Red Physicist and Tidal Hydrographer, MD Geomatix Ltd., Member of Inst. of Physics, Member of Inst. of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Associate Fellow of Royal Institute of Navigation, Member of the Hydrographic Society
38. Leslie Thomson, Retired Vice President Operations, BP Exploration, Aberdeen
39. Jay Willis, Marine Scientist, Associate of the OxNav Group of Oxford University.
40. Valentina Zharkova, Professor of Mathematics and Astrophysics, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne