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Manhattan Declaration demands abandonment of emissions reduction efforts
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10 Mar 08 - A group of dissident scientists and climate researchers has affirmed that there is no convincing evidence that CO2 emissions from modern industrial activity cause climate change, and has called on world leaders to abandon all efforts to reduce emissions "forthwith."

Issued last week at the close of the International Conference on Climate Change in New York, the Manhattan Declaration challenged the notion that a scientific consensus on climate change exists, and claimed that efforts at emissions reduction would diminish prosperity while having no appreciable impact.

The Declaration stems from the work of the Nongovermental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), which one might term the evil twin of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which published a closely-argued report on the subject this month. The report takes the form of a critique of the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report, which last year helped win the organisation a joint Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

No such plaudits for the NIPCC - last week's conference was described as, among other things, the climate equivalent of Custer's last stand for the climate change deniers. Otherwise, it scarcely troubled the news agenda.

"The IPCC seems to be aware of... contrary evidence," says the report, "but has tried to ignore it or wish it away."

Solar activity, which it says has been pretty much ignored as a possible factor by the IPCC, is in the NIPCC's view the most likely cause of climate change.

Accordingly, efforts spent on tackling CO2 emissions will have no significant effect on the 'problem', and will take resources away from more pressing issues.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/10/nipcc_manhattan_declaration/

 







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