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‘There is no climate emergency’: 1,100 scientists and professionals sign World Climate Declaration 

There is “no climate emergency” according to over 1,100 scientists and professionals from across the world, led by the Norwegian physics Nobel Prize laureate Professor Ivar Giaever, who have signed the recently published World Climate Declaration.

The article by the World Climate Declaration (WCD) claiming that “there is no climate emergency” began gaining traction on social media on Thursday 18 August after it was reportedly “scrubbed from the internet” and retrieved by the Wayback Machine as per a report in Euro Weekly News yesterday.

Signatories come from 40 nations including France, Australia, the United States, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy and Ireland. 18 people who are either scientists or professionals in Ireland signed the declaration. Irish signatories included Jim O’Brien, Founder of the Irish Climate Science Forum, former Science Advisor for the Department of Energy and Climate, Mr Mark Gerard Keenan, and Mr Edward Walsh, former Chairman of the Irish Council for Science, Technology and Innovation.

“Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific,” the declaration, signed in June, states.

“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,” it adds

The WCD also says that the earth’s climate has “varied as long as the planet has existed, with natural cold and warm phases”, as revealed by the geological archive. 

“The Little Ice Age ended as recently as 1850. Therefore, it is no surprise that we now are expe­riencing a period of warming,” it says, adding that “natural as well as anthropogenic factors cause warming”.

It also claims that the world has warmed “significantly less” than predicted by the  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an intergovernmental body of the United Nations responsible for advancing knowledge on human-induced climate change – on the basis of modelled anthropogenic forcing. 

“The gap between the real world and the modeled world tells us that we are far from understanding climate change,” it said.

The declaration also made the claim that warming is “far slower than predicted”, stating: 

“Climate models have many shortcomings and are not remotely plausible as policy tools. They do not only exaggerate the effect of greenhouse gases, they also ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial.”

Another claim made in the declaration is that climate policy relies on inadequate models. It explains:

“CO2 is not a pollutant. It is essential to all life on Earth. More CO2 is favorable for nature, greening our planet. Additional CO2 in the air has promoted growth in global plant biomass. It is also profitable for agriculture, increasing the yields of crops worldwide. CO2 is plant food, the basis of all life on Earth.”

The declaration also says that there is “no statistical evidence” that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and other natural disasters, or making them more frequent. However, it insists there is ample evidence that CO2 ­mitigation measures are “as damag­ing as they are costly.”

It unequivocally adds: “There is no statistical evidence, 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. Go for adaptation instead of mitigation; adaptation works whatever the causes are.”

Concluding its summary, the declaration states: “Our advice for European leaders is that science should strive for a significantly better understanding of the climate system, while politicians should focus on minimising potential climate damage by prioritising adaption strategies based on proven and affordable technologies.”

The declaration attracted significant attention on Thursday, including from Liberal Australian senator Alex Antic, who wrote:

“Following the news this month regarding the record coral growth on the Great Barrier Reef, the ‘settled’ notion surrounding climate change science has been dealt a further blow through the publication of the World Climate Declaration signed by over 1,100 scientists and professionals.

“The green zealots in academia, politics and media will ignore it but rest assured this is further confirmation that there is no climate emergency.”

UK Reform Party Leader, Richard Tice, also drew attention to the article. He wrote on Twitter: “1,200 Scientists & Professionals sign World Climate Declaration & say: “There is No Climate Emergency”. Eco zealots will squeal and go nuts. Rest of us know climate change has existed naturally over millions of years & always will continue.”

Whilst the widely circulated letter claims otherwise, the majority of those who study climate change for a living insist there is a climate emergency.

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