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Prominent British citizens among those demanding an end to climate hysteria

Ottawa, Canada, June 24, 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  

“The Manhattan Declaration is crucially important at this time since it gives everyone, climate experts and ordinary citizens alike, an outlet to show that they are not comfortable with, and increasingly don't believe, the bold and alarmist forecasts of Sir David King, Sir John Houghton and Lord Stern," said United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award Winner, Professor David Bellamy of Bishop Auckland, Durham.  "The popularity of the Declaration also supports the findings of a recent poll that an increasing fraction of the U.K. public are highly skeptical of lobbyists' claims that 'the science is settled'.  As people come to better understand the science, they begin to realize that the science is anything but settled in this highly complex and immature field. This is something the government has utterly failed to consider in their wrong headed and potentially dangerous greenhouse gas reduction plans."

Among the many British citizens who endorsed the Declaration, the following leaders in their respective fields stand out:

  1. The Rt. Hon. Lord Lawson of Blaby, economist; Chairman of the Central Europe Trust; former Chancellor of the Exchequer
  2. Piers Corbyn, ARCS, FRAS, FRMetS, astrophysicist (Queen Mary College, London), consultant, owner of Weather Action long range forecasters, degree in Physics (Imperial College London)
  3. David Bellamy, PhD, OBE, Hon. Professor of Botany (Geography), University of Nottingham, Hon. Prof. Faculty of Engineering and Physical Systems, Central Queensland University,  Hon. Prof. of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Durham, United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award Winner, Dutch Order of The Golden Ark, Bishop Auckland County, Durham (further information about Professor Bellamy may be seen here)
  4. Richard S. Courtney, PhD, energy and environmental consultant, IPCC expert reviewer, Falmouth, Cornwall
  5. Mike Arthur, B.Sc. (Geology), M.Sc., D.I.C. Geophysics, M.Sc. (Reservoir Evaluation & Management (Petroleum Geoengineering)), Geophysicist, Dalgety Bay, Dunfermline, Fife
  6. Christopher Monckton, Viscount of Brenchley, Chief Policy Advisor, Science and Public Policy Institute, Quantification of Climate Sensitivity, Carie, Rannoch, Scotland
  7. Peter Ballantyne, PhD (Engineering, Electronics, University of Cambridge); VP R&D, Bell Laboratories (retired), Leamington Spa
  8. Paul Biggs, BSc (Hons. Biological Sciences), CR United Kingdom Institute for Cancer Studies, University of Birmingham
  9. Roger Helmer, BA, MA (Mathematics, Cambridge University), MEP (British Conservative Member of the European Parliament (sits on the "Temporary Committee on Climate Change")), Brussels, Belgium
  10. Graham Booth, MEP, British Member of the European Parliament for the South West region, Paignton
  11. Sonja A. Boehmer-Christiansen, PhD, Reader, Dept. of Geography, University of Hull
  12. John Brignell, BSc (Eng.), PhD, Professor Emeritus of Industrial Instrumentation, University of Southampton
  13. Richard Jaworski, BSc, MSc, DIC, Geology, Consultant, London
  14. Malcolm McClure, geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society of London, London
  15. Alister McFarquhar, PhD (international economy, Downing College), Cambridge
  16. Richard F. Shepherd, ARCS (Mathematics), PhD, DIC (high energy physics), FIMA (numerical analysis), FBCS (director of computing centre, retired), Pembroke
  17. Derek Smith, PhD, former Professor, Engineering Faculty of Queen Mary College, London University, Great Malvern
  18. Roger Young, BS, MS, D.I.C. F.G.S., Geophysics, Geophysical Consultant, Bedford, Bedfordshire
  19. John Shade, BS (Physics), MS (Atmospheric Physics), MS (Applied Statistics), Industrial Statistics Consultant, GDP, Dunfermline
  20. Arnold Woodruff, M.Sc.(Atmospheric Physics, U.C.W. Aberystwyth), BSc (Physics, Durham), Terrestrial & Spaceborne Exploration Geophysics, Consultant Geophysicist, Woodruff Exploration & Production Ltd., Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
  21. Phillip Bratby, BSc, PhD, Energy consultancy, Tiverton, Devon
  22. Pan Pantziarka, B.Eng. (Hons), PhD. Mathematical modelling and software development, London
  23. Derek Tipp, Councillor, serves on the District Council Environment Review Panel, New Forest, Honours degree in applied chemistry, previously a research chemist and teacher, Hampshire, Southampton

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.”

Christopher Monckton, Viscount of Brenchley, one of the authors of the Declaration explains further, “The lunacy is culpable. … It is inhumane and cruel carelessly or callously to inflict upon the poorest in the nation a policy – however currently fashionable – that is not justified by any “climate crisis”, that would not have any effect on the climate even if there were a “crisis”, that would cost the poorest households their current right to affordable electrical power and transportation while at the same time transferring overseas the jobs upon which our working people depend for their livelihoods, and that is calculated – and perhaps even intended – to enrich the enemies of freedom among the international community while actually increasing the global carbon emissions that it was nominally intended to reduce. Carbon trading is not merely futile – it is immoral, for it cannot but do harm to the poorest people in our community: the very people who are most deserving of our protection.“

"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, ICSC Science Advisory Board member, Professor Bob Carter of James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, "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 or contact:

Christopher, The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Carie, Rannoch, Scotland.
Telephone: +44 1882 632341; cell: +44 7980 634784
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Richard S. Courtney, PhD
Energy and environmental consultant
IPCC expert reviewer
Falmouth, Cornwall
United Kingdom
Telephone: In the UK: 01326 211849 . If called from outside the UK: +44 1326 211849
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