"Many scientists and economists are concerned that the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has an effective monopoly on public announcements on this matter, and its statements go largely unchallenged - or go largely unchallenged in a format that will carry weight with governments, the media or the general public," said Owen McShane, the organisation's front-man.
Hence, a new 'sceptical consensus' has developed that, before the next IPCC report is published in February next year, there should be a panel, or panels, of experts who have established themselves as 'auditors' of the IPCC, both here in New Zealand and abroad.The coalition has registered a website domain name, www.climatescience.org.nz, which it expects to have running within a day or two...
Those of us involved in forming this coalition believe that now is the time for individual countries like New Zealand to assemble their own national expert panels, so that these panels can form larger groupings with like minded-panels from other countries so as to be ready to deal with the reports to be published by the IPCC next year. Their aim should not be to repeat, or parallel, the work of the IPCC, but to audit its reports, and to let the members of the IPCC know that such auditors are waiting in the wings.
Read the full press release here.
UPDATE: Full press release now available at Scoop.
UPDATE (May 2, 2006): Greenpeace have attacked the messenger, calling the new group lackeys of big business and saying, “The scientific community is united, the debate is over.” Well, clearly the 'scientific community' is not united, and as Owen McShane explained this morning on Radio New Zealand the recent Climate Conference in Wellington that attempted to suggest it is by excluding those who oppose the 'conventional wisdom' is what motivated this group of scientists to take a stand. "The debate is over," says Greenpeace. Well, no it isn't.
LINKS: Climate Science Coalition (website "running within a day or two." Bookmark it now.)
Scientists group to refute global warming claims - Scoop
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