First word

THE Global Climate Intelligence Group, an international foundation of scientists and professionals, issued on August 22 a document called the "World Climate Declaration," signed by 1,200 scientists and professionals from around the world that firmly contends that, "there is no climate emergency."

The declaration joins the currently intense debate on climate change between climate alarmists and climate skeptics to help guide public understanding of the issue and assist government policymakers in navigating climate issues.

The full text of the world climate declaration reads:

"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.

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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 are now experiencing a period of warming.

Warming is far slower than predicted.

The world has warmed significantly less than predicted by IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 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 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.

CO2 is plant food, the basis of all life on Earth. 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.

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. Go for adaptation instead of mitigation; adaptation works whatever the causes are.

Our advice to the European 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 declaration was signed by 1,200 scientists and professionals, including 27 or so individuals designated as "world climate ambassadors." The complete list of signatories can be read in the Clintel website, www.clintel.org.

Many prominent names in the climate debate, including Professor William Happer of Princeton University, have signed the declaration. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has not issued a comment on the declaration.

Savage blow

Climate Depot.com posted on August 23 this report by Chris Morrison on the declaration:

"The political fiction that humans cause most or all climate change and the claim that the science behind this notion is 'settled,' has been dealt a savage blow by the publication of a 'World Climate Declaration (WCD)' signed by over 1,200 scientists and professionals. There is no climate emergency, say the authors, who are drawn from across the world and led by the Norwegian physics Nobel Prize laureate Professor Ivar Giaever. Climate science is said to have degenerated into a discussion based on beliefs, not on sound self-critical science.

The scale of the opposition to modern-day 'settled' climate science is remarkable, given how difficult it is in academia to raise grants for any climate research that departs from the political orthodoxy. Another lead author of the declaration, Professor Richard Lindzen, has called the current climate narrative "absurd," but acknowledged that trillions of dollars and the relentless propaganda from grant-dependent academics and agenda-driven journalists currently says it is not absurd.

Particular ire in the WCD is reserved for climate models. To believe in the outcome of a climate model is to believe what the model makers have put in. Climate models are now central to today's climate discussion and the scientists see this as a problem. "We should free ourselves from the naïve belief in immature climate models," says the WCD. "In future, climate research must give significantly more emphasis to empirical science."

Since emerging from the "Little Ice Age" in around 1850, the world has warmed significantly less than predicted by the IPCC on the basis of modeled human influences. "The gap between the real world and the modeled world tells us that we are far from understanding climate change," the WCD notes.

The declaration is an event of enormous importance, although it will be ignored by the mainstream media. But it is not the first time distinguished scientists have petitioned for more realism in climate science. In Italy, the discoverer of nuclear anti-matter Emeritus Professor Antonino Zichichi recently led 48 local science professors in stating that human responsibility for climate change is "unjustifiably exaggerated and catastrophic predictions are not realistic." In their scientific view, "natural variation explains a substantial part of global warming observed since 1850." Professor Zichichi has signed the WCD.

The declaration notes that the Earth's climate has varied for as long as the planet has existed, with natural cold and warm periods. "It is no surprise that we are experiencing a period of warming," it continues. Climate models have many shortcomings, it says, "and are not remotely plausible as global policy tools." They blow up the effect of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, but ignore any beneficial effects. "CO2 is not a pollutant," it says. "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 yield of crops worldwide."

In addition, the scientists declare that there is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and such-like natural disasters, or making them more frequent. "There is no climate emergency," the declaration goes on. "We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050," it says, adding that the aim of global policy should be "prosperity for all" by providing reliable and affordable energy at all times."

Mayor Abigail Binay could become a laughingstock with her proclamation of a climate emergency in Makati.

Makati residents and workers can divine what's in the future for them, if they survey the bleak life in California today.

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