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IPCC - Time to move on debate

Time to move on from the IPCC? Tony Gilland - science and society director at the Institute of Ideas. He is speaking at the debate Can we trust the evidence? The IPCC - a case study at the Battle of Ideas festival on Sunday 31 October, alongside Oliver Morton and Fred Pearce.

Writing in the pages of The Times last week, Martin Rees and Anthony Giddens issued a stark warningthat extreme weather events, such as the recent flooding in Pakistan and the heat wave in Russia, 'will grow in frequency and intensity as the world warms'. Noting the controversy that climate science has been mired in since December 2009, they strongly emphasise that 'the core scientific findings about human induced climate change and the dangers it poses remain intact' and demand a 'renewed drive' to 'wake the world from its torpor' and limit carbon emissions.
In the light of the UEA and IPCC scandals, it is a shame that their response to the climate controversies appears to be more of the same: scare and dogmatic instruction.....
The debate that needs to take place is not about the ins and outs of climate science, but rather how we view the scope for human ingenuity, entrepreneurship and collaboration to transform all our societies to become wealthier, more resilient and with greater access to a wider range of technologies. This is what we should be aiming for regardless. The scale of the devastation and human misery caused by the floods in Pakistan would simply not have occurred in a more developed country....Since the fact of increasing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere was first established in the 1960s, we have become increasingly pessimistic about the ability of humans to act purposefully and positively on the world and inclined towards seeing ourselves as primarily a source of grave danger......
Surely it's time to move on and have a freer and wider debate for ourselves unconstrained by the diktats of 'the science' and attempts to scare us?

Comments

The debate surely is who is their tailor? Is it the same guy who did that natty suite for the emperor, or the waders for Cnute?

"they strongly emphasise that 'the core scientific findings about human induced climate change and the dangers it poses remain intact' "

No, they don't. It's all based on the same pack of lies.

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