About us and why
To represent accurately, and without prejudice, facts regarding climate change; to provide considered opinion on matters related to both natural and human-caused climate effects; and to comment on the economic and socio-political consequences of climate change.
READING AND REFERENCES ON CLIMATE CHANGE The Coalition encourages the reading of a wide variety of opinion and information on climate change, from many differing viewpoints. We provide links to a range of such material, including some older writings that have historic significance in the public or scientific debate. For some items, we also provide an editorial comment or correction. Responsibility for the accuracy of the pieces that we link to rests with their authors and the publication in which they appear. Refereed scientific papers are widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on climate change. Note, however, that refereeing, even by the most prestigious of journals, is no guarantee of ultimate correctness. Rather, it represents an editorial quality control process that affirms an article to be free of obvious errors and a worthy scientific contribution. Many, and probably most, refereed scientific papers contain at least small errors, ambiguities or faulty logic. Therefore, they should - almost as much as opinion editorials - be perused as if they bore the label: "reader beware".
Who are we, and why?
The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition was formed in April 2006 by a group of New Zealanders, mostly resident here but some overseas, who are concerned at the misleading information being disseminated about climate change and so-called anthropogenic (man-made) global warming.
The group is led by accredited New Zealand experts in climate and disciplines related to climate change, and includes others with a range of professional qualifications, as well as interested citizens who share the Coalition's concern.
The Coalition is committed to ensuring that New Zealanders receive balanced scientific opinions that reflect the truth about climate change and the exaggerated claims that have been made about anthropogenic global warming.
The Coalition has three main roles.
· To publish and distribute papers and commentaries produced by members of the Coalition.
· To audit statements by other organizations, both in New Zealand and overseas, which are published in New Zealand, or are expected to influence New Zealand public policy and public opinion.
· To audit the forthcoming 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), either on its own, or through the Asia Pacific Climate Science Coalition, or equivalent when formed.
Inaugural Climate Scientists
The inaugural founders of the coalition were:
Dr Vincent Gray, of Wellington, an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), most recently a visiting scholar at the Beijing Climate Centre in China.
Dr Gerrit J. van der Lingen, of Christchurch, geologist/paleoclimatologist, climate change consultant, former director GRAINZ (Geoscience Research and Investigations New Zealand).
Prof. August H. ("Augie") Auer Jr, of Auckland, past professor of atmospheric science, University of Wyoming; previously chief meteorologist, Meteorological Service (MetService) of New Zealand (now deceased).
Professor Bob Carter, a New Zealand-trained geologist with extensive research experience in palaeoclimatology, now at the Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.
Warwick Hughes, a New Zealand earth scientist living in Perth, who conducts a comprehensive website: www.warwickhughes.com
Roger Dewhurst, of Katikati, consulting environmental geologist and hydrogeologist
Professor David J. Bellamy OBE an English botanist, author, broadcaster and environmental campaigner, who originally trained as a botanist at Durham University, where he later held the post of senior lecturer in botany until 1982, and still holds the post of Honorary Professor for Adult and Continuing Education.
Dr Len Walker
Also foundation members of the Coalition are such people as:
Owen McShane, director, Centre for Resource Management Studies, who is convenor of the Coalition’s establishment committee.
Dr Bryce Wilkinson, founder of Capital Economics, a one time Treasury official and Harvard Fellow, current president of the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand.
Brian Leyland, MSc , FIEE, FIMechE, FIPENZ, an Electrical and Mechanical Engineer specialising in power generation and power systems, now a power industry consultant.
Prof. Denis Dutton, associate professor of philosophy, University of Canterbury
Professor David Henderson, former Head of Department of Economic & Statistics of OECD, now Visiting Professor at Westminster University School of Business, London.
Terry Dunleavy, MBE, JP, inaugural CEO Wine Institute of New Zealand 1976-91, editor industry magazine, “New Zealand WineGrower” since 1997; national co-ordinator of Bluegreens, 1998-2003.
Dr Chris de Freitas, climate scientist, Associate Professor, The University of Auckland.
Dr John Maunder, of Tauranga, former president of the Commission for Climatology of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), 22 years with the New Zealand Meteorological Service (including 5 years as Assistant Director).
Dr Willem de Lange, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, School of Science and Engineering, The University of Waikato .