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Indian PM right to put development ahead of appeasing climate activists

Important elements of India’s Climate Change Plan Wins Support from Canada

Ottawa, Canada, August 1, 2008 – Support for important elements of the Indian Government’s National Action Plan on Climate Change has been expressed by expatriate Indian climate scientist, Dr Madhav L. Khandekar, previously an Environment Canada research scientist.

Now an environmental consultant, science advisor to the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) and an official Expert Reviewer of the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr Khandekar wrote to Canada’s National Post (letter published July 31):

“India has taken a bold decision to reject the “climate doom” projection made by the IPCC, the UN body of scientists on Earth’s climate and climate change. The Indian politicians led by the astute and pragmatic Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have made the right decision to prioritise economic development and poverty eradication over some nebulous climate change action plans.

The climate of India and by extension that of the rest of the world has changed in recent years, but not necessarily for worse, as claimed by the IPCC and its ardent supporters. In a recent paper published in the U.K.-based journal Energy & Environment (May 2008), I have carefully analysed adverse impacts of climate change as projected by the IPCC and have discounted these claims as exaggerated. They also lack supporting evidence.

It is time to take a closer look at the IPCC science of climate change and ask some hard questions. Recent satellite data clearly document enrichment of world forestry due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Further, for a high-latitude country like Canada, future climate change can be beneficial in terms of milder winters, lower house-heating costs and a longer agricultural season.

The IPCC science of climate change must be carefully re-assessed by the Canadian scientific community at large before making substantive policy decisions about greenhouse gas emission targets. India has it right,” concluded Dr Khandekar.

In a subsequent comment, on behalf of the ICSC, Dr. Khandekar said:

“As one of the invited expert reviewers for the 2007 IPCC documents, I have pointed out the flawed review process used by IPCC scientists, and that an increasing number of scientists are now questioning the hypothesis of greenhouse gas-induced warming of the earth's surface. We suggest a stronger impact of solar variability and large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns on the observed temperature increase than previously believed.

Anyone still tempted to believe the scare-mongering generated by misinterpretation of the 2007 IPCC report, should do a simple reality check regarding the earth's temperature change. Since mid-1998, the earth's mean temperature as a whole has not increased at all, despite billions of tonnes of human-added CO2 in the earth's atmosphere.  In the Southern Hemisphere, the land-area mean temperature has slowly but surely declined in the last few years. The city of Buenos Aires in Argentina received several centimetres of snowfall in early July, and the last time it snowed in Buenos Aires was in 1918! Most of Australia experienced one of its coldest months of June this year. Several other locations in the Southern Hemisphere have experienced lower temperatures in the last few years. Further, the SSTs (sea surface temperatures) over world oceans are slowly declining since mid-1998, according to a recent world-wide analysis of ocean surface temperatures.

It is important to first develop an improved understanding of the earth's temperature trends and changes before committing billions of dollars to reducing greenhouse gases. Unfortunately, the IPCC climate change documents do not provide an objective assessment of the earth's temperature trends and associated climate change,” said Dr Khandekar.

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 ICSC or the realists’ view of climate change, visit or contact:

Madhav L. Khandekar, PhD
Consulting Meteorologist
Unionville, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 1-905-940-0105
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Barun S. Mitra, B.Tech. and PG Diploma
Director, Liberty Institute
New Delhi, India
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Tom Harris, B. Eng., M. Eng.
Executive Director, International Climate Science Coalition
P.O. Box 23013
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 4E2
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