Climate Change Debate – Reconciliation in Lisbon?

This should be interesting a workshop to be held with pro and sceptical scientists and contributors in Lisbon: (Update: full list of atendees added)

Anthony Watts can’t make it but has delegated Steven Mosher in his stead (co author – Climategate – The Crutape Letters – Mosher/Fuller. I would also recommend Fred Pearce’s book – The Climate Files (a warmer view 😉 )

Participants include from Professor Judith Curry’s blog:

I just received a list of the participants last week, an interesting group to say the least.  A total of 28 people are participating.  In addition to the organizers, a number of names will be familiar to denizens of the climate blogosphere:

  • Judith Curry
  • Steve Goddard
  • Steve McIntyre
  • Ross McKitrick
  • Steve Mosher
  • Fred Pearce
  • Nick Stokes
  • Hans von Storch
  • Peter Webster

I am afraid I do not hold out much hope personally, following the Professor Paul Nurse’s performance on the BBC Horizon program – Science Under Attack.  Professor Paul Nurse is the President of the Royal Society, yet he was directly linking ‘Climate Change’ deniars with Aids Deniars in this program.

I wonder why they, the BBC Professor Nurse did not contact Steve Mcintyre, Ross Mckitrick, Doug Keenan, Professor Lindzen ,Professor Carter, etc,etc for that program. He also waved away the CRU enquiries as exonerating the science, yet Lord Oxburgh himself wrote to Steve Mcintyre and said the science was not examined. 

 The UK Parliament Science and Technology committee took evidence last year regarding these enquiries as there were many widely reported problems with them.

Yet the BBC and Professor Nurse failed to commuicate these concerns to the public.

So how to square exonerations of the science with MP Graham Stringers comments from the report below?

There are proposals to increase worldwide taxation by up to a trillion dollars on the basis of climate science predictions. This is an area where strong and opposing views are held. The release of the e-mails from CRU at the University of East Anglia and the accusations that followed demanded independent and objective scrutiny by independent panels. This has not happened. The composition of the two panels hasbeen criticised for having members who were over identified with the views of CRU. Lord Oxburgh as President of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association and Chairman of Falck Renewable appeared to have a conflict of interest. Lord Oxburgh himself was aware that this might lead to criticism. Similarly Professor Boulton as an ex colleague of CRU seemed wholly inappropriate to be a member of the Russell panel. No reputable scientist who was critical of CRU’s work was on the panel, and prominent and distinguished critics were not interviewed. The Oxburgh panel did not do as our predecessor committee had been promised, investigate the science, but only looked at the integrity of the researchers. With the exception of Professor Kelly’s notes other notes taken by members of the panel have not been published. This leaves a question mark against whether CRU science is reliable. The Oxburgh panel also did not look at CRU’s controversial work on the IPPC which is what has attracted most [serious] allegations. Russell did not investigate the deletion of e-mails. We are now left after three investigations without a clear understanding of whether or not the CRU science is compromised.

I’ll update this with more links when I have the time.

Update: List of those atending from TallBlokes website:

Jerome Ravetz James Martin Institute, Oxford Univ., UK
James Risbey CSIRO, AUS
Jeroen van der Sluijs Univ. Utrecht, NL
Alice Benessia Univ. Torino, IT
Tom Boersen Aalborg University Copenhagen, DK
Judith Curry
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia
Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GE, USA
Steve Goddard Science and Public Policy Inst., VA, USA
Sofia Guedes Vaz New Univ. of Lisbon, PT
Bill Hartree UK Measurement Institute, UK
Werner Krauss Center for Mediterranean Studies, Bochum, DE
Steve McIntyre Climate Audit, CAN
Ross McKitrick
Department of Economics – University of Guelph,
Jean-Paul Malingreau European Commission – Joint Research Centre
Steve Mosher Independent consultant, USA
Ana Lopez London School of Economics, UK
Fred Pearce The Guardian, UK
Tiago Pedrosa New Univ. of Lisbon, PT
Roger Tallbloke Independent Researcher, UK
Gerald Traufetter Spiegel, DE
Louise Romain The Center for Nonviolent Communication
Viriato Soromenho Marques Univ. of Lisbon, PT
Nick Stokes CSIRO, AUS
Peter Webster
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia
Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GE, USA
Hans Von Storch Meteorological Institute, Univ. Of Hamburg
Ângela Guimarães Pereira European Commission – Joint Research Centre
Silvio Funtowicz European Commission – Joint Research Centre
Inês Crespo European Commission – Joint Research Centre
Paula Curvelo European Commission – Joint Research Centre

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