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The Science of Climate Change: A Consideration of the IPCC Assessment Reports

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Dr. A Neil Hutton, a former director the the Friends of Science Society, wrote this essay that examines the procedures and science of the IPCC climate assessment reports. He shows that the IPCC failed to follow the scientific method and does not practice full disclosure. The reports ignores a large body of evidence that does not support its hypothesis about the human impact on climate change. They ignore evidence that natural factors, especially the impact of the changing Sun, have a large influence on climate. Assessment reports since the first one have become increasing alarmist even with declining evidence of warming from human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. A large part of the warming recorded by government datasets is due to localized urbanization warming.

An Essay by Nigel Lawson: Cool It

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This essay by Nigel Lawson is based on the text of a speech given to the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at the University of Bath. He says, "We know that, over millennia, the temperature of the earth has varied a great deal, long before the arrival of fossil fuels. ... the CO2 effect on the earth’s temperature is probably less than was previously thought. ... studies have clearly shown that, overall, the warming predicted for most of this century is likely to do more good than harm. ... Over the past 30 years or so, the earth has become observably greener, [due to CO2 fertilization] and this has even affected most parts of the Sahel. ...Global warming orthodoxy is not merely irrational. It is wicked."

Testimony at the UK IPCC 5th Assessment Review

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Six experts were invited to give oral testimony to the Energy and Climate Change Committee of the U.K. House of Commons about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th report (AR5). Three experts reiterated the position of the IPCC, and three experts expressed a skeptical view. Dr. Richard Lindzen says the data presented in the AR5 "is consistent with there being no problem worth bothering about". Nicholas Lewis says the observational evidence in AR5 shows that the climate is much less sensitive to CO2 than in the models. Donna Laframboise says the IPCC is led by an "environmental activist" and that the IPCC is "untrustworthy".

Climate Change's Inherent Uncertainties

Emeritus professor Garth Paltridge, former chief research scientist with the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research, says "Virtually all scientists directly involved in climate prediction are aware of the enormous uncertainties associated with their product." He explains that climate models are unable to simulate the behavior of clouds and oceans fluctuations, two factors that have enormous effects on climate. The 16-year pause in global warming shows that climate scientists have seriously overstating the climate problem which risks destroying the reputation for honesty in science which is the basis of society's respect for scientific endeavour.

Submissions to the UK Energy and Climate Change Committee

Friends of Science made two submissions to a UK House of Commons committee inquiry into the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). FoS Director Ken Gregory authored a submission on behalf of the society, and FoS Director Neil Hutton authored another submission.

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