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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Only 55% of Nobel Laureates signed Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change. The 36 of 65 Laureates at the conference who signed the Declaration said though not climate experts, they endorsed UN IPCC efforts and the notion of a climate treaty

Only 55% of Nobel laureate scientists agree. 36 names listed below.

7/3/15, "Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings – and their Meaning," Dr. Klaus L. E. Kaiser, Canada Free Press

"There is an annual conference of Nobel Prize Laureates (NPL), commonly held on the picturesque island of Mainau in Lake Constance, Germany, picture below. The 65th of such meetings, under the name Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings just concluded.

Purpose of the Meetings

The purpose of their meetings is found on their website:

Once every year, some dozens of Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.

Undoubtedly, it’s a laudable intention and, who knows, there may well be future Nobel Laureates among the listeners. The assembled laureates also have become known for signing “declarations” of sorts that are supposed to warn the world of potential problems and consequences. This year was no exception. A total of 36 out of 65 Nobel Laureates signed the “Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change;available in six languages.  You may have noticed that’s just barely over one half of the attendees.

If one thing is obvious, not everyone buys into the climate-change and doom-and-gloom hype!  Now, let’s drill down a bit further and look at the numbers in different Nobel Prize fields of honor.

Nobel Prize Fields of Honour

Initially (in 1895), there were only five disciplines Alfred Nobel’s foundation prizes were to go to, namely:
  • Chemistry,
  • Literature,
  • Peace,
  • Physics,
  • Physiology or Medicine
Later on, in 1968, the “Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences” was added by Sweden’s central bank.

Now to some details of the 2015 NPL meeting at Mainau as it relates to their declaration.

The Mainau 2015 Declaration

In brief, the Mainau 2015 Declaration (MD) says, inter alia, “Based on the IPCC assessment, the world must make rapid progress towards lowering current and future greenhouse gas emissions to minimize the substantial risks of climate change.” IPCC, of course stands for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Even shirking any direct opinion on the actually perceived “risks,” as proclaimed by the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, the assembled Laureates did not sign this declaration in unison. In fact, nearly half of them did not. The percentages of those signing onto it versus not signing were almost even between the fields of chemistry, physics, and physiology or medicine.

Clearly then, even though the declaration’s carefully crafted text that refers to the IPCC’s claims rather than their own opinions, it did not sway many of the Nobel Laureates to sign this year’s declaration." image above from Canada Free Press. via Steve Milloy

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7/3/15, A record number of 65 laureates and more than 650 young scientists from about 90 countries are participating in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting."... Lindau Laureate Meetings

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"We say this not as experts in the field of climate change, but rather as a diverse group of scientists who have a deep respect for and understanding of the integrity of the scientific process."

7/3/15, "Mainau Declaration 2015 on Climate Change"

"We undersigned scientists, who have been awarded Nobel Prizes, have come to the shores of Lake Constance in southern Germany, to share insights with promising young researchers, who like us come from around the world. Nearly 60 years ago, here on Mainau, a similar gathering of Nobel Laureates in science issued a declaration of the dangers inherent in the newly found technology of nuclear weapons—a technology derived from advances in basic science. So far we have avoided nuclear war though the threat remains. We believe that our world today faces another threat of comparable magnitude.
............................ Successive generations of scientists have helped create a more and more prosperous world. This prosperity has come at the cost of a rapid rise in the consumption of the world’s resources. If left unchecked, our ever-increasing demand for food, water, and energy will eventually overwhelm the Earth’s ability to satisfy humanity’s needs, and will lead to wholesale human tragedy. Already, scientists who study Earth’s climate are observing the impact of human activity.
............................. In response to the possibility of human-induced climate change, the United Nations established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to provide the world’s leaders a summary of the current state of relevant scientific knowledge. While by no means perfect, we believe that the efforts that have led to the current IPCC Fifth Assessment Report represent the best source of information regarding the present state of knowledge on climate change. We say this not as experts in the field of climate change, but rather as a diverse group of scientists who have a deep respect for and understanding of the integrity of the scientific process.
........................ Although there remains uncertainty as to the precise extent of climate change, the conclusions of the scientific community contained in the latest IPCC report are alarming, especially in the context of the identified risks of maintaining human prosperity in the face of greater than a 2°C rise in average global temperature. The report concludes that anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the likely cause of the current global warming of the Earth. Predictions from the range of climate models indicate that this warming will very likely increase the Earth’s temperature over the coming century by more than 2°C above its pre-industrial level unless dramatic reductions are made in anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases over the coming decades.
.......................... Based on the IPCC assessment, the world must make rapid progress towards lowering current and future greenhouse gas emissions to minimize the substantial risks of climate change. We believe that the nations of the world must take the opportunity at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 to take decisive action to limit future global emissions. This endeavor will require the cooperation of all nations, whether developed or developing, and must be sustained into the future in accord with updated scientific assessment....

Signatories (36)

"Peter Agre
Michael Bishop
Elizabeth Blackburn
Martin Chalfie
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
Steven Chu
James Cronin
Peter Doherty
Gerhard Ertl
Edmond Fischer
Walter Gilbert
Roy Glauber
David Gross
John Hall
Stefan Hell
Serge Haroche
Jules Hoffmann
Klaus von Klitzing
Harold Kroto
William Moerner
Ferid Murad
Ei-Ichi Negishi
Saul Perlmutter
William Phillips
Richard Roberts
Kailash Satyarthi
Brian Schmidt
Hamilton Smith
George Smoot
 
Jack Szostak
Roger Tsien
Harold Varmus  
Robin Warren  
Arieh Warshel  
Robert Wilson  
Torsten Wiesel"




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