António Guterres, Secretaris-Generaal VN. Foto: UN.

Meer dan 500 prominente wetenschappers uit alle delen van de wereld dringen bij de Secretaris-Generaal van de Verenigde Naties aan op een nadere, gedepolitiseerde discussie van het klimaathema, waarbij ook alternatieve wetenchappelijke opvattingen stem krijgen.

Op 23 september vindt een VN-klimaatbijeenkomst in New York plaats. Met het oog daarop heeft CLINTEL twee aangetekende brieven gestuurd, één naar de Secretaris-Generaal van de VN, António Guterres, en één naar de Executive Secretary van de UNFCCC, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, met daarbij toegevoegd de tekst van de European Climate Declaration (zie hieronder).

Daarin ook de expliciete vraag om gezamenlijk een bijeenkomst te organiseren met wetenschappers van wereldformaat.

Your Excellencies,

There is no climate emergency

A global network of more than 500 knowledgeable and experienced scientists and professionals in climate and related fields have the honor to address to Your Excellencies the attached European Climate Declaration, for which the signatories to this letter are the national ambassadors.

The general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is at present founded are unfit for their purpose. Therefore, it is cruel as well as imprudent to advocate the squandering of trillions on the basis of results from such immature models. Current climate policies pointlessly, grievously undermine the economic system, putting lives at risk in countries denied access to affordable, continuous electrical power.

We urge you to follow a climate policy based on sound science, realistic economics and genuine concern for those harmed by costly but unnecessary attempts at mitigation.

We ask you to place the Declaration on the agenda of your imminent New York session.

We also invite you to organize with us a constructive high-level meeting between world-class scientists on both sides of the climate debate early in 2020. The meeting will give effect to the sound and ancient principle no less of sound science than of natural justice that both sides should be fully and fairly heard. Audiatur et altera pars!

Please let us know your thoughts about such a joint meeting.

There is no climate emergency

A global network of 500 scientists and professionals has prepared this urgent message. Climate science should be less political, while climate polities should be more scientific. Scientists should openly address the uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real benefits as well as the imagined costs of adaptation to global warming, and the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of mitigation.

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. Only very few peer-reviewed papers even go so far as to say that recent warming is chiefly anthropogenic.

Warming is far slower than predicted

The world has warmed at less than half the originally-predicted rate, and at less than half the rate to be expected on the basis of net anthropogenic forcing and radiative imbalance. It 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 policy tools. Moreover, they most likely exaggerate 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 crop 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, CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly. For instance, wind turbines kill birds and bats, and palm-oil plantations destroy the biodiversity of the rainforests.

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, we will have ample time to reflect and adapt. The aim of international policy should be to provide reliable and affordable energy at all times, and throughout the world.

Our advice to political leaders is that science should strive for a significantly better understanding of the climate system, while politics should focus on minimizing potential climate damage by prioritizing adaptation strategies based on proven and affordable technologies.

The undersigned

ECD Ambassadors

Professor Guus Berkhout The Netherlands

Professor Reynald Du Berger French Canada

Terry Dunleavy New Zealand

Viv Forbes Australia

Professor Jeffrey Foss English Canada

Morten Jødal Norway

Rob Lemeire Belgium

Professor Richard Lindzen USA

Professor Ingemar Nordin Sweden

Jim O’Brien Republic of Ireland

Professor Alberto Prestininzi Italy

Associate Professor Benoît Rittaud France

Professor Fritz Vahrenholt Germany

The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley United Kingdom

De meer dan 500 ondertekenaars zijn hier te vinden.