Prominent Canadians among those demanding an end to climate hysteria

Climate realist declaration tops 1,100 endorsers

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Ottawa, Canada, June 19, 2008 – Since its creation in March by the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change has attracted signatories from 40 countries.  Although ignored by most media and governments, endorsement for the Declaration has rained in from hundreds of climate experts and other scientists, as well as professional engineers, economists, policy experts, medical doctors and average citizens.  The complete declaration text, endorser lists and international media contacts for expert commentary, may be viewed at climatescienceinternational.org.


“The hundreds of well qualified endorsers to the Manhattan Declaration should end, once and for all, the highly flawed notion that only a tiny number of so-called ‘skeptics’ dispute the science underlying the Kyoto Protocol”, said Carleton University Earth Sciences Professor and ICSC Chairman, Dr. Tim Patterson.  “Millions of Canadians are coming to understand that the only constant about climate IS change – it changes continually.  Yet, governments continue wasting our money on the ridiculous goal of ‘stopping climate change”, even allocating millions of dollars to establish an electronic tracking system for units traded in the Montreal Climate Exchange, Canada’s first so-called carbon market (ref. May 30th announcement by Environment Minister, John Baird). 

Among the 281 Canadians who have endorsed the Declaration to date are the following two dozen leaders in their respective fields:

1 - Mitchell Taylor, PhD, Biologist (Polar Bear Specialist), Wildlife Research Section, Department of Environment, Igloolik, Nunavut
2 - 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
3 - Wayne Goodfellow, PhD (Earth Science), Ocean Evolution, Paleoenvironments, Adjunct Professor, Senior Research Scientist, University of Ottawa, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
4 - Paul Sandor, BASc, MD, Neuropsychiatry, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
5 - John Brodie, BASc., MASc. (Metallurgical), P.Eng., Director Environmental Affairs, British Columbia Railway Co., Surrey, British Columbia
6 - Dan Carruthers, M.Sc., wildlife biology consultant specializing in animal ecology in Arctic and Subarctic regions, Alberta
7 - Ian D. Clark, PhD, Professor (isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology), Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
8 - J.T. Rogers, PhD, FCAE, F.C.S.M.E., P.Eng., nuclear engineer, energy analyst, Adjunct Research Professor and Professor Emeritus, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
9 - Timothy F. Ball, PhD, environmental consultant and former climatology professor - University of Winnipeg, Chair, Natural Resources Stewardship Project, Victoria, British Columbia
10 - R. Timothy Patterson, PhD, Professor & Director, Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Center, Department of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology), Carleton University, Chair - International Climate Science Coalition, Ottawa, Ontario
11 - Atholl Sutherland Brown, PhD (Geology, Princeton University), Regional geology, tectonics and mineral deposits, Victoria, British Columbia
12 - Paul Copper, BSc, MSc, PhD, DIC, FRSC, Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University Sudbury, Ontario
13 - Susan Crockford, PhD (Zoology/Evolutionary Biology/Archaeozoology), Adjunct Professor (Anthropology/Faculty of Graduate Studies), University of Victoria, Victoria, British Colombia
14 - Donald W. Farley, P.Eng, M.Eng. (Water Resources Engineering & Hydrology), Gatineau, Quebec
15 - Alex MacMillan, PhD, Economics, Professor, Queen’s School of Business & St. Lawrence College, retired, Kingston, Ontario
16 - Les McDonald, RP Bio; Senior Impact Assessment Biologist, BC Environmental Protection (retired); Consulting Aquatic Biologist, Cranbrook, British Columbia
17 - Fred Michel, PhD, Director, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
18 - Frank Milne, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Economics, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
19 - David Nowell, M.Sc., Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, former chairman of the NATO Meteorological Group, Ottawa, Ontario
20 - Brian Pratt, PhD, Professor of Geology (Sedimentology), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
21 - L. Graham Smith, PhD, Associate Professor in Geography, specialising in Resource Management, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
22 - John K. Sutherland, PhD (Geology), retired, Health Physicist, Fredericton, New Brunswick
23 - Michael Hart, MA, trade and foreign policy, Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
24 - Rob Scagel, MSc (forest microclimate specialist), Principal Consultant - Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey, British Columbia

“Many of us agree that there are many environmental and economic issues that require our urgent and immediate attention,” explained ICSC advisor, Carleton University Earth Sciences professor, Dr. Fred Michel in his recently published letter to the editor.  “My concern is that climate alarmists, like Al Gore, are diverting the attention of society away from the real issues with their constant talk about CO2, which is not driving climate change. … As for climate change, we as a society need to continue to adapt to nature rather than trying to change nature to suit us.”

The Manhattan Declaration concludes, “Attempts by governments to legislate costly regulations on industry and individual citizens to encourage CO2 reduction will slow development while having no appreciable impact on the future trajectory of global climate change.  Such policies will markedly diminish future prosperity and so reduce the ability of societies to adapt to inevitable climate change, thereby increasing, not decreasing human suffering.”

“Just as the Manhattan Project was key to finally ending the Second World War, the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change may one day be regarded as a critical catalyst that helped end today’s climate hysteria,” said ICSC Science Advisory Board member, Professor Bob Carter of
James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland. “Protecting the natural world is crucially important and so environmental policy must be based on our best understanding of science and technology coupled with a realistic appreciation of the relevant economics and policy options. This is not happening in the climate debate.”

The ICSC is an association of scientists, economists and energy and policy experts working to promote better public understanding of climate change. ICSC provides an analysis of climate science and policy issues which, being independent of lobby groups and vested political interests, is an alternative to advice from the IPCC. ICSC thereby fosters rational, evidence-based, open discussion about all climate, and climate-related, issues.

For more information about the Manhattan Declaration or the realists’ view of climate change, visit http://www.climatescienceinternational.org or contact:

Professor R. Timothy Patterson, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Center
Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
(613) 520-2600 ex 4425
E-mail : .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: http://www.carleton.ca/~tpatters


Dr. Tim Ball, Environmental Consultant
ICSC Science Advisor and former climatology professor, University of Winnipeg
Chair – Natural Resources Stewardship Project
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: (250) 380-7784
Fax (250) 380-7776
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web : http://www.nrsp.com/people-timothy-ball.html


Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng.
Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition
P.O. Box 23013
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 4E2
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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