Thursday, November 5, 2015

Is this all there is before COP21? Crowd-sourcing the list of climate science deniers from 2009

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There's a denier conference being organised for Paris, calling itself the Paris Climate Challenge. I think it's being organised by the Heartland Institute, but whoever is organising it is rather coy, and doesn't say. Going by the speakers, it could just be the political party, the UKIP. On the other hand, if it's the same as the Heartland Institute effort, then it hasn't decided on the name yet - is it Pandemonium in Paris or is it the Paris Climate Challenge?

Anyway, the one that's being promoted at WUWT (archived here and waybacked here) doesn't have much going for it. About all it's got is a plea for some speakers and a letter written six years ago, back in 2009. The 2009 letter is signed by people who are described as "climate experts", but most can make no such claim. Two of those signatories are listed as deceased: Ernst G Beck and Zbigniew Jaworowski. There may be more.

If you're thinking of signing up to fill one of what will undoubtedly be many empty chairs, you will be entertained by a sad and motley lot of ratbags:

Crowd-sourcing details of deniers

Below is the list of people from the 2009 letter published on the 2015 "Paris Climate Challenge" website, for want of anything more recent. As I said, the list claims the following as "climate experts" but most have no expertise in climate science. They may be "expert" in science denial - a lot of them are associated with denier lobby groups.

I've linked quite a few of them. If anyone is willing to lend a hand, and pick out some and provide links to show their background, whether they are still in the land of the living, main denial "achievements" etc, that would be great. Even if it's only one or two people you look up - every bit will help. It can then be a ready reference for the future. If you do, can you list the number in the list, and their name and I'll add the links.

There are some websites that list science deniers and their background, including desmogblog, the Denier List, and SourceWatch. Links to in-depth articles are also helpful.

  1. Habibullo I. Abdussamatov, a solar physicist not a climate scientist
  2. Göran Ahlgren, not a climate scientist, docent organisk kemi, general secretary of the Stockholm Initiative, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden [corrected], see comment
  3. Syun-Ichi Akasofu, PhD, now retired Professor of Physics, Emeritus and Founding Director, International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.A. who writes dumb denier articles in his retirement - attracting rebuttals - see comment
  4. J.R. Alexander, retired engineering professor, not a climate scientist - Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Member, UN Scientific and Technical Committee on Natural Disasters, 1994-2000, Pretoria, South Africa.
  5. Jock Allison, retired animal geneticist, active science denier, member of the denier group the NZ Climate Science Coalition (linked with the Heartland Institute) - and not a climate scientist
  6. Bjarne Andresen, PhD, Professor, The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark - not a climate scientist
  7. Timothy F. Ball, PhD, not a climate scientist - former geography professor, University of Winnipeg, Member, Science Advisory Board, denier lobby group International Climate Science Coalition (linked with the Heartland Institute), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - retired to take up a career as a greenhouse effect denier and conspiracy theorist - see this comment and this comment
  8. Douglas W. Barr, civil engineer - not a climate scientist - BS (Meteorology, University of Chicago), BS and MS (Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota), Barr Engineering Co. (environmental issues and water resources), Minnesota, U.S.A.
  9. Romuald Bartnik, retired organic chemist, not a climate scientist - PhD (Organic Chemistry), Professor Emeritus, Former chairman of the Department of Organic and Applied Chemistry, climate work in cooperation with Department of Hydrology and Geological Museum, University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
  10. Colin Barton, petroleum geologist, not a climate scientist - B.Sc., PhD, Earth Science, Principal research scientist (retd), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  11. Joe Bastardi, weather forecaster, not a climate scientist - BSc, (Meteorology, Pennsylvania State), meteorologist, State College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  12. Ernst-Georg Beck, denier from way back - Dipl. Biol. (University of Freiburg), Biologist, Freiburg, Germany. Deceased 2010.
  13. David Bellamy, might now have retired from science denial - OBE, English botanist, author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner, Hon. Professor of Botany (Geography), University of Nottingham, Hon. Prof. Faculty of Engineering and Physical Systems, Central Queensland University, Hon. Prof. of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Durham, United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award Winner, Dutch Order of The Golden Ark, Bishop Auckland County, Durham, U.K. - see comment
  14. Richard J. Becherer, not a climate scientist - Ph.D. (University of Rochester), optical physicist, co-author standard reference book “Optical Radiation Measurements: Radiometry”, former Member of the Technical Staff – MIT Lincoln Laboratory, former Adjunct Professor – University of Connecticut, Millis, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  15. Edwin X Berry, BS (Engineering, Caltech), MA (Physics, Dartmouth), PhD (Atmospheric Physics, Nevada), Certified Consulting Meteorologist #180, American Meteorological Society; Director, climate Physics LLC; Past positions: Edwin X Berry & Associates, President, Atmospheric Research & Technology; Program Manager for Weather Modification, RANN, National Science Foundation; Chief Scientist, Desert Research Inst airborne research facility, Bigfork, Montana, U.S.A.
  16. M. I. Bhat, geologist (now retired) - not a climate scientist - Professor & Head, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
  17. Ian R. Bock, BSc, PhD, DSc, Biological sciences (retired), Ringkobing, Denmark
  18. Sonja A. Boehmer-Christiansen, PhD, Reader Emeritus, Dept. of Geography, Hull University, Editor – Energy&Environment, Multi-Science (www.multi-science.co.uk), Hull, United Kingdom
  19. Ahmed Boucenna, PhD, Professor of Physics, Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Ferhat Abbas University, Setif, Algéria.  Author of The Great Season Climatic Oscillation, I. RE. PHY. 1(2007) 53, The Great Season Climatic Oscillation and the Global Warming, Global Conference On Global Warming, July 6-10, 2008, Istanbul, Turkey and Pseudo Radiation Energy Amplifier (PREA) and the Mean Earth’s Ground Temperature, arXiv:0811.0357 (November 2008)
  20. William M. Briggs, an increasingly ratty (batty) climate science denier - BS (Meteorology), MS (Atmospheric Science), PhD (Statistics), Member American Meteorological Society, American Physical Society, American Association of Statisticians, Institute for Mathematical Statistics, published dozens of peer-reviewed papers including in the Journal of climate, Member of AMS’s Probability and Statistics Committee, Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
  21. Atholl Sutherland Brown, PhD (Geology, Princeton University), Regional Geology, Tectonics and Mineral Deposits, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  22. Stephen C. Brown, PhD (Environmental Science, State University of New York), District Agriculture Agent, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Ground Penetrating Radar Glacier research, Palmer, Alaska, U.S.A.
  23. James Buckee, D.Phil. (Oxon), focus on stellar atmospheres, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  24. Mark Lawrence Campbell, PhD (chemical physics; gas-phase kinetic research involving greenhouse gases (nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide)), Professor, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.
  25. Dan Carruthers, M.Sc., Arctic Animal Behavioural Ecologist, wildlife biology consultant specializing in animal ecology in Arctic and Subarctic regions, Alberta, Canada
  26. Robert M. Carter, a paid climate disinformer - formerly PhD, Professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
  27. Dr. Arthur V. Chadwick, PhD, Geologist, dendrochronology (analyzing tree rings to determine past climate) lecturing, Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, Texas, U.S.A.
  28. George V. Chilingar, PhD, Member, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow President, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, U.S.A. Section, Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  29. Petr Chylek, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada – currently Laboratory Fellow, Remote Sensing Team Leader, Space and Remote Sensing Sciences, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, Fellow of American Geophysical Union and the Optical Society of America, Member of the American Meteorological Society and Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, now residing in Los Alamos, New Mexico, U.S.A.
  30. Ian D. Clark, PhD, Professor (isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology), Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - see comment
  31. Charles A. Clough, BS (Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), MS (Atmospheric Science, Texas Tech University), former (to 2006) Chief of the US Army Atmospheric Effects Team at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; now residing in Bel Air, Maryland, U.S.A.
  32. Michael Coffman, PhD (ecosysytems analysis and climate Change), CEO of Sovereignty International, President of Environmental Perspectives, Inc., Bangor, Maine, U.S.A..
  33. Paul Copper, BSc, MSc, PhD, DIC, FRSC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  34. Piers Corbyn, MSc (Physics (Imperial College London)), ARCS, FRAS, FRMetS, astrophysicist (Queen Mary College, London), consultant, founder WeatherAction long range forecasters, London, United Kingdom
  35. Allan Cortese, meteorological researcher and spotter for the National Weather Service, retired computer professional, Billerica, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  36. Richard S. Courtney, PhD - not really!, energy and environmental consultant, IPCC expert reviewer, Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom
  37. Susan Crockford, not a climate scientist - PhD (Zoology/Evolutionary Biology/Archaeozoology), Adjunct Professor (Anthropology/Faculty of Graduate Studies), University of Victoria, Victoria, British Colombia, Canada
  38. Claude Culross, PhD (Organic Chemistry), retired, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  39. Joseph D’Aleo, BS, MS (Meteorology, University of Wisconsin),  Doctoral Studies (NYU), Executive Director – ICECAP (International climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project), Fellow of the AMS, College Professor Climatology/Meteorology, First Director of Meteorology The Weather Channel, Hudson, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
  40. Chris R. de Freitas, PhD, climate Scientist, School of Environment, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  41. Willem de Lange, MSc (Hons), DPhil (Computer and Earth Sciences), Senior Lecturer in Earth and Ocean Sciences, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand
  42. James DeMeo, PhD (University of Kansas 1986, Earth/Climate Science), now in Private Research, Ashland, Oregon, U.S.A.
  43. David Deming, PhD (Geophysics), Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
  44. James E Dent; B.Sc., FCIWEM, C.Met, FRMetS, C.Env., Independent Consultant, Member of WMO OPACHE Group on Flood Warning, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
  45. Robert W. Durrenberger, PhD, former Arizona State Climatologist and President of the American Association of State Climatologists, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Arizona State University; Sun City, Arizona, U.S.A. - see comment
  46. Don J. Easterbrook, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Geology, Western Washington, University, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.
  47. Per Engene, MSc, Biologist, Bø i Telemark, Norway, Co-author The climate. Science and Politics (2009)
  48. Robert H. Essenhigh, PhD, E.G. Bailey Professor of Energy Conversion, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University,  Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.
  49. Christopher Essex, PhD, professor of applied mathematics and associate director of the Program in Theoretical Physics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  50. David Evans, not a climate scientist and aka the Rocket Scientist from Luna Park and finder of Force X and the Notch, PhD (EE), MSc (Stat), MSc (EE), MA (Math), BE (EE), BSc, mathematician, carbon accountant and modeler, computer and electrical engineer and head of ‘Science Speak’, Scientific Advisory Panel member – Australian climate Science Coalition, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  51. Sören Floderus, PhD (Physical Geography (Uppsala University)), coastal-environment specialization, Copenhagen, Denmark
  52. Terrence F Flower, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, St. Catherine University, taught courses in climate Change, took students to Antarctic and tropics, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.
  53. Louis Fowler, BS (Mathematics), MA (Physics), 33 years in environmental measurements (Ambient Air Quality Measurements), Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
  54. Stewart Franks, PhD, Professor, Hydroclimatologist, University of Newcastle, Australia
  55. Gordon Fulks, PhD (Physics, University of Chicago), cosmic radiation, solar wind, electromagnetic and geophysical phenomena, Corbett, Oregon, U.S.A.
  56. R. W. Gauldie, PhD, Research Professor, Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, School of Ocean Earth Sciences and Technology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Retired), U.S.A.
  57. David G. Gee, Professor of Geology (Emeritus), Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Villavagen 16, Uppsala, Sweden
  58. Katya Georgieva, MSc (Physics of the Earth, Atmosphere, and Space, specialty Meteorology), PhD (Solar-Terrestrial Physics – PhD thesis on solar influences on global climate changes), Associate Professor, Head of group “Solar dynamics and global climate change” in the Solar-Terrestrial Influences Laboratory at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, head of project “Solar activity influences of weather and climate” of the scientific plan of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, member of the “Climate changes” council of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Regional coordinator of the Balkan, Black sea and Caspian sea countries and member of the European Steering Committee for the International Heliophysical Year 2007-2008, deputy editor-in-chief of the international scientific journal “Sun and Geosphere”, Bulgaria
  59. Lee C. Gerhard, PhD, Senior Scientist Emeritus, University of Kansas, past director and state geologist, Kansas Geological Survey, U.S.A.
  60. Gerhard Gerlich, not a climate scientist - Dr.rer.nat. (Mathematical Physics: Magnetohydrodynamics) habil. (Real Measure Manifolds), Professor, Institut für Mathematische Physik, Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, Co-author of “Falsification Of The Atmospheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects Within The Frame Of Physics”, Int.J.Mod.Phys.,2009
  61. Albrecht Glatzle, PhD, ScAgr, Agro-Biologist and Gerente ejecutivo, Tropical pasture research and land use management, Director científico de INTTAS, Loma Plata, Paraguay
  62. Fred Goldberg, PhD, Adj Professor, Royal Institute of Technology (Mech, Eng.), Secretary General KTH International climate Seminar 2006 and climate analyst and member of NIPCC, Lidingö, Sweden - see comment
  63. Wayne Goodfellow, PhD (Earth Science), Ocean Evolution, Paleoenvironments, Adjunct Professor, Senior Research Scientist, University of Ottawa, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  64. Thomas B. Gray, MS, Meteorology, Retired, USAF, Yachats, Oregon, U.S.A.
  65. Vincent Gray, PhD, New Zealand climate Coalition, expert reviewer for the IPCC, author of The Greenhouse Delusion: A Critique of climate Change 2001, Wellington, New Zealand
  66. William M. Gray, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Head of the Tropical Meteorology Project, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A.
  67. Kenneth P. Green, M.Sc. (Biology, University of San Diego) and a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  68. Charles B. Hammons, PhD (Applied Mathematics), systems/software engineering, modeling & simulation, design, Consultant, Coyle, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
  69. William Happer, PhD, Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics (research focus is interaction of light and matter, a key mechanism for global warming and cooling), Princeton University; Former Director, Office of Energy Research (now Office of Science), US Department of Energy (supervised climate Change research), Member – National Academy of Sciences of the USA, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society; Princeton, NJ, USA.
  70. Howard Hayden, PhD, Emeritus Professor (Physics), University of Connecticut, The Energy Advocate, Connecticut, U.S.A.
  71. Ross Hays, Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Palestine, Texas, U.S.A.
  72. James A. Heimbach, Jr., BA Physics (Franklin and Marshall College), Master’s and PhD in Meteorology (Oklahoma University), Prof. Emeritus of Atmospheric Sciences (University of North Carolina at Asheville), Springvale, Maine, U.S.A.
  73. Douglas Hoyt, B.S. (Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), M.S. (Astro-Geophysics, University of Colorado), co-author of the book The Role of the Sun in climate Change, previously senior scientist at Raytheon (MODIS instrument development), with earlier employment at NOAA, NCAR, World Radiation Center and the Sacramento Peak Observatory, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, U.S.A.
  74. Ole Humlum, PhD, Professor, Department of Physical Geography, Institute of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway - see this comment, and this comment
  75. Craig D. Idso, one of the Idso clan of science deniers - PhD, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.
  76. Sherwood B. Idso - Craig's dad, PhD, President, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.
  77. Terri Jackson, MSc MPhil., Director, Independent climate Research Group, Northern Ireland and London (Founder of the Energy Group at the Institute of Physics, London), U.K.
  78. Albert F. Jacobs, Geol.Drs., P. Geol., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  79. Zbigniew Jaworowski, PhD, DSc, professor of natural sciences, Senior Science Adviser of Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, researcher on ice core CO2 records, Warsaw, Poland. Deceased 2011.
  80. Terrell Johnson, B.S. (Zoology), M.S. (Wildlife & Range Resources, Air & Water Quality), Principal Environmental Engineer, Certified Wildlife Biologist, Green River, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  81. Bill Kappel, BS (Physical Science-Geology), BS (Meteorology), Storm Analysis, Climatology, Operation Forecasting, Vice President/Senior Meteorologist, Applied Weather Associates, LLC, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, U.S.A.
  82. Wibjörn Karlén, MSc (quaternary sciences), PhD (physical geography), Professor emeritus, Stockholm University, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Geografiska Annaler Ser. A, Uppsala, Sweden
  83. Olavi Kärner, Ph.D., Extraordinary Research Associate; Dept. of Atmospheric Physics, Tartu Observatory, Toravere, Estonia
  84. David Kear, PhD, FRSNZ, CMG, geologist, former Director-General of NZ Dept. of Scientific & Industrial Research, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
  85. Madhav L. Khandekar, PhD, consultant meteorologist, (former) Research Scientist, Environment Canada, Editor “Climate Research” (03-05), Editorial Board Member “Natural Hazards, IPCC Expert Reviewer 2007, Unionville, Ontario, Canada
  86. Leonid F. Khilyuk, PhD, Science Secretary, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Professor of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  87. William Kininmonth MSc, MAdmin, former head of Australia’s National climate Centre and a consultant to the World Meteorological organization’s Commission for Climatology, Kew, Victoria, Australia
  88. Gerhard Kramm, Dr. rer. nat. (Meteorology), Theoretical Meteorology, Research Faculty, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.A. - see comment
  89. Gary Kubat, BS (Atmospheric Science), MS (Atmospheric Science), professional meteorologist last 18 years, O’Fallon, Illinois, U.S.A.
  90. Roar Larsen, Dr.ing.(PhD), Chief Scientist, SINTEF (Trondheim, Norway), Adjunct Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  91. Douglas Leahey, PhD, meteorologist and air-quality consultant, President – Friends of Science, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  92. David R. Legates, science denier, PhD, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, U.S.A.
  93. Jay Lehr, BEng (Princeton), PhD (environmental science and ground water hydrology), Science Director, The Heartland Institute, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  94. Leslie R. Lemon, Research Associate Meteorologist, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), University of Oklahoma, visiting professor for the China Meteorological Administration, 2001 President of the USA National Weather Association, Independence, MO and Norman, OK, U.S.A.
  95. Edward Liebsch, BS (Earth Science & Chemistry), MS (Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University), Senior Air Quality Scientist, HDR Inc., Maple Grove, MN, U.S.A.
  96. Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  97. Peter Link, BS, MS, PhD (Geology, Climatology), Geol/Paleoclimatology, retired, Active in Geol-paleoclimatology, Tulsa University and Industry, Evergreen, Colorado, U.S.A.
  98. Anthony R. Lupo, Ph.D., Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.
  99. Horst Malberg, PhD, former director of Institute of Meteorology, Free University of Berlin, Germany
  100. Björn Malmgren, PhD, Professor Emeritus in Marine Geology, Paleoclimate Science, Goteborg University, retired, Norrtälje, Sweden
  101. Wayne Martin, Ph.D. (Physical Oceanography), graduate studies in oceanic circulation, Senior Research Scientist working on Arctic ice dynamics, past research in arctic physics, CEO Research, Analysis and Engineering, LLC, Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.A.
  102. Fred Michel, PhD, Director, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  103. Ferenc Mark Miskolczi, PhD, atmospheric physicist, formerly of NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, U.S.A.
  104. Asmunn Moene, PhD, MSc (Meteorology), former head of the Forecasting Centre, Meteorological Institute, Oslo, Norway
  105. H. Michael “Mike” Mogil, B.S., M.S. (Meteorology, Florida State University), Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, on-air expert on climate Change (WGUF-radio, Naples, FL), 28 years forecast and research experience NOAA/NWS; 25 years weather education; author of Extreme Weather – 300 page trade book, including chapter on climate Change and How the Weatherworks, Naples, Florida, U.S.A.
  106. Cdr. M. R. Morgan, PhD, FRMetS, climate consultant, former Director in marine meteorology policy and planning in DND Canada, NATO and World Meteorological Organization and later a research scientist in global climatology at Exeter University, UK, now residing in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
  107. Nils-Axel Mörner, PhD (Sea Level Changes and climate), Emeritus Professor of Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  108. Donald C. Morton, PhD (Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University), Fellow Australian Academy of Science, former Director General Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada, former Director Anglo Australian Observatory, now resident in St. Bruno, Quebec, Canada
  109. Robert Neff, BSc (meteorology, Penn State), M.S. (Meteorology, St Louis University), former Weather Officer (Lt. Col., USAF); Contractor support to NASA Meteorology Satellites, Camp Springs, Maryland, U.S.A.
  110. Richard Newsome, PhD, Environmental Biology (teaches climatology, climate-related geology and environmental biology), Professor, Beloit College, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
  111. John Nicol, not a climate scientist but head of a denier lobby group - PhD, Physics, (Retired) James Cook University, Chairman – Australian climate Science Coalition, Brisbane, Australia
  112. Ingemar Nordin, PhD, professor in philosophy of science (including a focus on “Climate research, philosophical and sociological aspects of a politicised research area”), Linköpings University, Sweden.
  113. David Nowell, M.Sc., Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, former chairman of the NATO Meteorological Group, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  114. James J. O’Brien, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Meteorology and Oceanography, Florida State University, Florida, U.S.A.
  115. Peter Oliver, BSc (Geology), BSc (Hons, Geochemistry & Geophysics), MSc (Geochemistry), PhD (Geology), specialized in NZ quaternary glaciations, Geochemistry and Paleomagnetism, previously research scientist for the NZ Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
  116. Cliff Ollier, not a climate scientist - D.Sc., Professor Emeritus (School of Earth and Environment), Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, W.A., Australia
  117. Garth W. Paltridge, retired from climate science to become a science denier - BSc Hons (Qld), MSc, PhD (Melb), DSc (Qld), Emeritus Professor, Honorary Research Fellow and former Director of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Visiting Fellow, RSBS, ANU, Canberra, ACT, Australia
  118. R. Timothy Patterson - a geologist, not a climate scientist, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology), Carleton University, Chair – International climate Science Coalition, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  119. Alfred H. Pekarek, a petroleum geologist, not a climate scientist, who is an "it's the sun-er" - PhD, Associate Professor of Geology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.A.
  120. Ian Plimer, not a climate scientist, who's published silly books (not) about climate - PhD, Professor of Mining Geology, The University of Adelaide; Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  121. Oleg M. Pokrovsky, BS, MS (mathematics and atmospheric physics – St. Petersburg State University), PhD (mathematics and atmospheric physics), principal scientist, Main Geophysical Observatory, St. Petersburg, Russia
  122. Daniel Joseph Pounder, BS (Meteorology, University of Oklahoma), MS (Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); Weather Forecasting, Meteorologist, WILL AM/FM/TV, the public broadcasting station of the University of Illinois, Urbana, U.S.A.
  123. Brian Pratt, PhD, Professor of Geology (Sedimentology), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  124. Harry N.A. Priem, PhD, Professor (retired) Utrecht University, isotope and planetary geology, Past-President Royal Netherlands Society of Geology and Mining, former President of the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  125. Tom Quirk, political lobbyist against climate mitigation - not a climate scientist - MSc (Melbourne), D Phil, MA (Oxford), SMP (Harvard), Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Australian climate Science Coalition, Member Board Institute of Public Affairs - and past director, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  126. George A. Reilly, PhD (Geology), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  127. Robert G. Roper, PhD, DSc (University of Adelaide, South Australia), Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
  128. Arthur Rorsch, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Molecular Genetics, Leiden University, retired member board Netherlands Organization Applied Research TNO, Leiden, The Netherlands
  129. Curt Rose, BA, MA (University of Western Ontario), MA, PhD (Clark University), Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Studies and Geography, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  130. Rob Scagel, MSc (forest microclimate specialist), Principal Consultant – Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  131. William M. Schaffer, BS, Ph.D. (Princeton), Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (special interest in nonlinear dynamics and climate), University of Arizona, U.S.A. - see comment
  132. Bruce Schwoegler, BS (Meteorology and Naval Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Chief Technology Officer, MySky Communications Inc, meteorologist, science writer and principal/co-founder of MySky, Lakeville, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  133. Leonella Serva, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts- Technological and Environmental Sciences and former Director General of the Italian Geological Survey.
  134. John Shade, BS (Physics), MS (Atmospheric Physics), MS (Applied Statistics), Industrial Statistics Consultant, GDP, Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom
  135. Gary Sharp, PhD, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study, Salinas, California, U.S.A.
  136. Thomas P. Sheahen, who puts his name to every denier list he comes across - PhD (Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), specialist in renewable energy, research and publication (Applied Optics) in modeling and measurement of absorption of infrared radiation by atmospheric CO2, Oakland, Maryland, U.S.A.
  137. S. Fred Singer, PhD, Professor Emeritus (Environmental Sciences), University of Virginia, former director, U.S. Weather Satellite Service, Science and Environmental Policy Project, Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.
  138. Paavo Siitam, M.Sc., agronomist and chemist, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
  139. L. Graham Smith, PhD, Associate Professor of Geography, specialising in Resource Management, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
  140. Jan-Erik Solheim, MS (Astrophysics), Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics and Technology, University of Tromso, Norway.
  141. Stanley J. Smith, BA, MS Physics (theoretical physics, Washington State University), Statistical Detection Theory (University of Iowa), Consultant – algorithm based atmospheric disturbance and anomaly prediction, vertical wind and vapor radiometer/radar measurement analysis, isotope identification algorithms (Constellation Tech Inc.), Lakewood Ranch, Florida, U.S.A.
  142. Roy W. Spencer, climate science deceiver - PhD, climatologist, Principal Research Scientist, Earth System Science Center, The University of Alabama, Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.A.
  143. Walter Starck, PhD (Biological Oceanography), marine biologist (specialization in coral reefs and fisheries), author, photographer, Townsville, Australia
  144. Peter Stilbs, TeknD, Professor of Physical Chemistry, Research Leader, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), member of American Chemical Society and life member of American Physical Society, Chair of “Global Warming – Scientific Controversies in climate Variability”, International seminar meeting at KTH, 2006, Stockholm, Sweden
  145. Arlin Super, PhD (Meteorology), former Professor of Meteorology at Montana State University, retired Research Meteorologist, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Saint Cloud, Minnesota, U.S.A.
  146. George H. Taylor, B.A. (Mathematics, U.C. Santa Barbara), M.S. (Meteorology, University of Utah), Certified Consulting Meteorologist, Applied climate Services, LLC, Former State Climatologist (Oregon), President, American Association of State Climatologists (1998-2000), Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A.
  147. Mitchell Taylor, PhD, Biologist (Polar Bear Specialist), Wildlife Research Section, Department of Environment, Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada
  148. Hendrik Tennekes, PhD, former director of research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  149. Frank Tipler, PhD, Professor of Mathematical Physics, astrophysics, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  150. M. Ray Thomasson, Ph.D. (Geology and Geophysics), practicing for 50 years, studying Global climate Change for 5 years, Past President of the American Geological Institute, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
  151. Edward M. Tomlinson, MS (Meteorology), Ph.D. (Meteorology, University of Utah), President, Applied Weather Associates, LLC (leader in extreme rainfall storm analyses), 21 years US Air Force in meteorology (Air Weather Service), Monument, Colorado, U.S.A.
  152. Ralf D. Tscheuschner, Dr.rer.nat. (Theoretical physics: Quantum Theory), Freelance Lecturer and Researcher in Physics and Applied Informatics, Hamburg, Germany. Co-author of “Falsification of The Atmospheric CO2 Greenhouse Effects Within The Frame Of Physics, Int.J.Mod.Phys. 2009
  153. Brian Gregory Valentine, PhD, Adjunct professor of engineering (aero and fluid dynamics spacilaization) at the University of Maryland, Technical manager at US Department of Energy, for large-scale modeling of atmospheric pollution, Technical referee for the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science programs in climate and atmospheric modeling conducted at American Universities and National Labs, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
  154. Tatiana V. Valentinovna, no trace - MS. (Chemistry; Moscow State Univ., USSR); Ph.D. (Biophysics and Applied Mathematics; Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, USSR), Research Associate – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona, U.S.A.
  155. Gerrit J. van der Lingen, denier with the NZ Climate Science Coalition - PhD (Utrecht University), geologist and paleoclimatologist, climate Change consultant, Geoscience Research and Investigations, Christchurch, New Zealand
  156. A.J. (Tom) van Loon, geologist, not a climate scientist - PhD, Professor of Geology (Quaternary Geology), Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; former President of the European Association of Science Editors
  157. Michael G. Vershovsky, nothing in Google Scholar (or anywhere I can find except on denier lists) Ph.D. in meteorology (macrometeorology, long-term forecasts, climatology), Senior Researcher, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St. Petersburg, Russia
  158. Gösta Walin, PhD in Theoretical physics, Professor emeritus in oceanography, Earth Science Center, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden
  159. Neil Waterhouse, not a climate scientist - PhD (Physics, Thermal, Precise Temperature Measurement), retired, National Research Council, Bell Northern Research, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  160. Anthony Watts, not a climate scientist but a climate conspiracy blogger at WUWT - 25-year broadcast meteorology veteran and currently chief meteorologist for KPAY-AM radio. In 1987, he founded ItWorks, which supplies custom weather stations, Internet servers, weather graphics content, and broadcast video equipment. In 2007, Watts founded SurfaceStations.org, a Web site devoted to photographing and documenting the quality of weather stations across the U.S., U.S.A.
  161. Charles L. Wax, Now retired and a climate science denier - PhD (physical geography: climatology, LSU), State Climatologist – Mississippi, past President of the American Association of State Climatologists, Professor, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University, U.S.A.
  162. James Weeg, geologist not a climate scientist -  (and not the sort of person you'd want to associate with) - BS (Geology), MS (Environmental Science), Professional Geologist/hydrologist, Advent Environmental Inc, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  163. Forese-Carlo Wezel, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Stratigraphy (global and Mediterranean geology, mass biotic extinctions and paleoclimatology), University of Urbino, Urbino, Italy
  164. Boris Winterhalter, retired to take up science denial - PhD, senior marine researcher (retired), Geological Survey of Finland, former adjunct professor in marine geology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  165. David E. Wojick, not a climate scientist - PhD, PE, energy and environmental consultant, Technical Advisory Board member – climate Science Coalition of America, Star Tannery, Virginia, U.S.A.
  166. Arnold H. W. Woodruff,  - no publications listed in Google Scholar - C.Phys., M.Inst.P., M.Sc., Consultant Geophysicist, Formerly Atmospheric Physicist then Glaciologist with The British Antarctic Survey, village of Ellington, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
  167. Raphael Wust, see publications in ResearchGate - PhD, Adj Sen. Lecturer, Marine Geology/Sedimentology, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
  168. Stan Zlochen, no published papers in climate science in Google Scholar - BS (Atmospheric Science), MS (Atmospheric Science), USAF (retired), Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
  169. Dr. Bob Zybach, Forester - not a climate scientist - PhD (Oregon State University (OSU), Environmental Sciences Program), MAIS (OSU, Forest Ecology, Cultural Anthropology, Historical Archaeology), BS (OSU College of Forestry), President, NW Maps Co., Program Manager, Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project, Inc., Cottage Grove, Oregon, U.S.A. - see comment


  1. According to the whois entry for the site it's Tallbloke who registered it: http://whois.domaintools.com/pcc15.org

  2. Tallbloke was on my site recently and presented a paper which he claimed showed that
    Astrophysicists have known for decades that surface temperature is primarily a function of atmospheric mass, not its composition.
    Not only was he presenting this to an Astrophysicist, I also happen to know the authors of the paper he presented, and happen to know that it doesn't say what he thinks it says. I was impressed that he chose to just slink away.

    1. This seems an example of the following:
      1) Blah, blah, blah, this paper proves ... blanh, blah.

      2) No it doesn't, and the author says so.

      3a) Slink away, with no comment
      3b) Say: "Thanks! I Was completely wrong and I'll rethink my position."

      How often do people see 3b?

    2. I see 3b all the time. Unfortunately, they usually come back with the same debunked tripe anyway.

  3. Bit short of time right now, but always worth recollecting Tim Ball's epic libel fail. In short, he was accused in the Calgary Herald of inflating his credentials and launched a libel claim, for I think, 300K dollars. Faced with a robust defence, in which the paper counterattacked claiming that Ball 'never had a reputation in the scientific community as a noted climatologist and authority on global warming," and that he "...is viewed as a paid promoter of the agenda of the oil and gas industry rather than as a practicing scientist.', Ball folded, apparently not all that confident in his own reputation:-


    And re: David Bellamy, George Monbiot's demolition is worth a read


    If only for the resonant concluding paragraph:

    'It is hard to convey just how selective you have to be to dismiss the evidence for climate change. You must climb over a mountain of evidence to pick up a crumb: a crumb which then disintegrates in your palm. You must ignore an entire canon of science, the statements of the world’s most eminent scientific institutions, and thousands of papers published in the foremost scientific journals. You must, if you are David Bellamy, embrace instead the claims of an eccentric former architect, which are based on what appears to be a non-existent data set. And you must do all this while calling yourself a scientist.'

    1. lots more on Tim's adventures in court at Desmogblog

  4. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
    John F. Kennedy, opening remarks to a 1962 dinner honoring Nobel Laureates

    Anyway... not a whole lot of climate scientists on that list, I notice. It would be interesting to include the ages of those listed and how long it's been since they conducted research, if at all.

    1. For that matter, how long it's been since some of them drew breath.

  5. Ole Humlum (74) is the owner of the site climate4you which seems to contain a bewildering mix of data - a lot fresh but seems some older material may have landed there based on certain selection bias - mixed with some interpretations.. Uninitiated might get confused between facts and fiction..

    1. Humlum is also the proud originator of a graph with a polynomial fit to temperature data, without any justification for using such a polynomial.

      And he is the proud author of a paper that uses a method that, even with artificial data created by a climate model that explicitly has greenhouse gas forcing leading temperature, will conclude that temperature led the greenhouse gas increase.

      Confirmation bias would be the kindest interpretation.

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    1. Potholer54 is hilarious, in his dry understated way.

  7. Tallbloke is a strong proponent of a luminous aether, something disproven in 1887 by the Michelson-Morley experiments, not to mention thinking that climate on the surface of the Earth is driven by numerological cycles of the planets (cref astrology).

    Which sets my rather low expectations for anything he's involved with....

  8. # 45

    "IN MEMORIAM: Robert W.Durrenberger, ASU pioneer in arid land studies

    "Robert W. Durrenberger, a professor of geography at ASU from 1971-1982, passed away on Oct 20, 2012 at the age of 94...

    "Durrenberger worked to establish Arizona's State Climatology Program at ASU, and in 1973, the state named Durrenberger as Arizona's first state climatologist...

    "After his retirement in 1982, Durrenberger settled in Sun City, Ariz..." asunow.asu.edu

    1. It makes me a bit sad to think that people who obviously contributed a lot to science in their lifetime might only be remembered (by some people) for their rejection of science. Not just Durrenberger but a few others on the denier list as well.

  9. Gerhard Kramm has been well covered by the Rabett here. Unfortunately his wife, Nicole Molders, also decided to associate herself with some of the silly arXiv papers Kramm keeps trying to push. Akasofu is still active in the crank business as evidenced by these letters to the editor about glacier retreat here and here.

  10. Stuart Agnew - a better link might be this in which our hero demonstrates an inability to distinguish between emissions and concentration.

  11. No. 169, Bob Zybach, is known to me personally. You've probably all met people like Bob. He is intelligent, but not nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is. His thinking on certain ecological issues is penetrating, but on any topic whatsoever he insists he knows more than you do. He's an extremely combative guy who responds the mildest criticism by going on the offensive. He's a compulsive contrarian, and regards the existence of a scientific consensus, in any field, as evidence of a conspiracy, with himself as the sole, heroic dissenter. I'd chalk his denial of AGW up to sheer bloody-mindedness as much as anything.

    1. Mal Adapted: Do you actually know me? Some of this crap sounds like pure cowardly b.s. How about discussing these insults with me personally? Apparently you have my phone number or email address. If not, Google has them. (I'm expecting to not hear back).

    2. I wouldn't expect a comment to get read, let alone replied to, if I waited almost a year after the thread went dead to engage in it.

      But then I'm not mad.

  12. No 62, Fred Goldberg, is a Swede, born in 1943, with a doctors degree in welding technology, received in 1975 from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is listed as ”adjunct professor”, but the correct term ”docent”, which is an honorary title in Sweden. His academic career ended in1975.
    Back In 1966 Fred Goldberg participated as a mechanical assistant on the Stockholm University Svalbard Expedition, drilling ice cores and taking bottom sediments. I think he has a genuine interest in the Arctic since then. In 1972 he registered a company under the name ”The Swedish Polar Institute”. It is still active, doing some kind of computer business. It’s only employee is Fred Goldberg.
    His interest in climate pseudoscience dates from 2004. He has delivered several talks at the Heartland conferences.

  13. #131 William M. Schaffer is currently at the Univ. of Arizona.

    His research centers on applying mathematical chaos theory to ecology. Climate may be a source of the chaos (??), as for jack rabbits.

    WMS is 186th and last on a list of "Flat Earth Society" ?? 'Skeptics' at jer-skepticscorner.blogspot.com on 2Feb2008.
    There is also a list of 25 deceased skeptics that could easily be cross checked with your numbered list, which is from 2009. If the latter could be alphabetized.

    From www.eecg.utoronto.ca/~prall/... table of "Skeptical Authors on Climate Science". WMS is 15th on the list of 'citations'.

    Neither William M. Schaffer nor RW Durrenberger are included in the lists of deniers at desmogblog, Denier List, nor Sourcewatch.
    From a browse thru Google pages, Durrenberger's offense seems to be signing petitions. I saw no suggestion of Schaffer's sin.

  14. I'm afraid there might be a mistake in #2. The Göran Ahlgren who signed the petition is most likely NOT the urologist who shows up in a google search, but instead his namesake who's a member of the the so called Stockholmsinitiativet. According to their homepage (in Swedish, archived here), he used to be a lecturer of organic chemistry at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

    Stockholmsinitiativet is a lobbyist group with the self-proclaimed aim of trying to influence climate policy in Sweden into becoming more "rational". Ingemar Nordin (#112) and Peter Stilbs (#144) are also members of the group. Stockholmsinitiativet's activities include publishing a blog similar to WUWT and writing petitions to the Swedish Parliament. The blog (in Swedish, current front page archived here) is of the garden variety (the planet isn't warming or if it is it's the sun, polar ice isn't decreasing, CO2 is good for us, it's a conspiracy, etc, ad nauseum).

    This petition from 2014 by Stockholmsinitiativet (archived here) (in)conveniently collects many of the Swedish global warming sceptics. It was sent to the speaker of the Swedish Parliament to suggest a congressional hearing regarding climate and energy policy. It questions mainstream science with references to Judith Curry's site and WUWT. The proposed speakers who would inform the Parliament about climate change include Nils-Axel Mörner (#107), Gösta Walin (#158), Ingemar Nordin (#112) and Ole Humlum (#74). It is also signed by Wibjörn Karlén (#82).

    Much more can be said about the individual "skeptics" but I think this is enough for now.

    As a side note, it saddened me to see Ian D. Clark - an excellent isotope geochemist – on this list. Perhaps he's following the lead of another great former isotope geochemist Claude Allègre.


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