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Americans are 'illiterate' about climate change, claims expert - Telegraph

Prof Schellnhuber, the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change, "In a sense the US is climate illiterate. If you look at global polls about what the public knows about climate change even in Brazil, China you have more people who know about the problem and think deep cuts in emissions are needed," he said.

Prof Schellnhuber, who has played a key role in waking the world up to climate change through his work advising the German government, described the Copenhagen conference as "the most important meeting in the history of the human species".

If you don't agree with me you are stupid and we should ignore you until you have been re-educated...


This guy is seriously scary. Let's hope he never gets the power he seeks.

Here's some background on Schellnhubris:

Professor Schellnhuber founded the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 1991. Since 1993, he has been the Director of the Institute and is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Potsdam.

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber completed his doctorate in theoretical physics after studying physics and mathematics at the University of Regensburg. Following several years of research abroad, he obtained his Habilitation (qualification for tenureship) at the University of Oldenburg.

He is the Chairman of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and a Member of the High-Level Group on “Energy and Climate Change” advising José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission.

Professor Schellnhuber is also a longstanding member of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and an elected member of the Max Planck Society, the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the US National Academy of Sciences, the Leibniz Society, the Geological Society of London, and the International Research Society Sigma Xi.

He sits on the editorial boards of the scientific journals “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” (PNAS), “Climatic Change”, “Climate Policy”, “Gaia”, “Integrated Assessment”, “Systems Analysis, Modelling, Simulation” and “Europe’s World”. During Germany’s G8 Presidency and European Council Presidency in 2007, he was the chief government advisor on climate change and international climate policy.

Professor Schellnhuber is also a member of the Industry-Science Research Alliance. In 2004, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the title CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). He also received the German Environment Award of the German Federal Foundation for the Environment in 2007 and the Order of Merit of the State of Brandenburg in 2008.

He is Distinguished Science Adviser at the Tyndall Centre having previously been Research Director there:

Tyndall Centre Director receives CBE (Tyndall Press Archive)
“John’s dual role as Research Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Potsdam Institute has created a unique working relationship between our two institutes” says Prof. Chris Vincent, Head of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, home to the Tyndall Centre’s headquarters.

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