A group of 1,609 scientists from around the world, including two Nobel laureates, have signed a declaration stating “there is no climate emergency.”
This statement, compiled by the Global Climate Intelligence Group (CLINTEL), opposes the “harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy” currently being advocated globally. The signatories argue that the narrative of an impending ecological disaster is exaggerated and insist that climate science should be less politicized while climate policies should be more scientifically grounded.
CLINTEL, an independent foundation focusing on climate change and policy, was established in 2019 by Guus Berkhout, emeritus professor of geophysics, and science journalist Marcel Crok. Their declaration urges scientists to openly discuss uncertainties and overstatements in their global warming predictions, while politicians should objectively evaluate the real costs and potential benefits of their policy measures.
One of the recent signatories, Dr. John F. Clauser, winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics, commented: “Misguided climate science has metastasized into massive shock-journalistic pseudoscience… It has been promoted and extended by similarly misguided business marketing agents, politicians, journalists, government agencies, and environmentalists.
The declaration challenges many common climate claims, such as the idea that the earth will soon cross “tipping points” leading to catastrophic environmental damage. It also disputes the notion that global warming intensifies natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and droughts, or makes them more frequent.
Despite widespread assertions that recent natural disasters are driven by climate change, the CLINTEL document contends there is no statistical evidence to support this. As global leaders, including U.S. President Biden, advocate for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the scientists behind the declaration argue that this goal is not only unrealistic but could also be detrimental to world economies.
“There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm. We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050,” the paper reads, suggesting adaptation rather than mitigation as a more viable approach.
This development comes amidst a heightened focus on climate change and its impacts, with media outlets, activists, and political figures frequently highlighting the urgency of addressing this global issue.