IPA Announces Fundraising Campaign Climate Change: The Facts 2020

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13 September 2019
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The Institute of Public Affairs has announced the fourth book in the Climate Change: The Facts series will be published in 2020.

It has launched an appeal to crowdfund publication of the book and its distribution to every member of the Australian Parliament. Donations are tax deductible for Australian residents and can made online at www.ipa.org.au/cctf2020

Climate Change: The Facts 2020 is edited by Dr Jennifer Marohasy, Senior Fellow at the IPA.  Authors will include leading climate scientists such as Dr Roy Spencer, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama and Richard Lindzen, Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as rising stars like Dr Henrik Svensmark, Senior Researcher at the Danish National Space Institute.

The fundraising campaign was launched with a letter from the IPA’s Executive Director, John Roskam and also one from marine geophysicist Dr Ridd to more than 10,000 people. Mr Roskam said he was delighted that Dr Ridd will once again contribute a chapter to the book.

It was Dr Ridd’s chapter in Climate Change: The Facts 2017, published by the Institute of Public Affairs, and subsequent interview with Alan Jones on the Jones & Co Sky News program which led to his unlawful dismissal. However, Dr Ridd has returned fire to his critics by agreeing to promote what is now the book’s fourth edition, Climate Change: The Facts 2020.

Editor, Dr Jennifer Marohasy, said the book will make a vital contribution to climate science, and will challenge many of the models and assumptions relied upon by governments and scientific bodies as they form climate and carbon policies.

“For instance, the role of water vapour and tropical storms and cyclones and cloud cover is totally neglected and not understood,” Dr Marohasy said.

“In Climate Change The Facts 2020  we’ll be looking at the physics of the atmosphere, including water vapour, with important chapters from Richard Lindzen, Henrik Svensmark, Geoff Duffy, and also Peter Ridd.

“Other chapters will be on Antarctica, including a chapter on Penguins. Antarctica is very important in terms of understanding global atmospheric circulation patterns. It has a fascinating surface temperature history that dates back 50 years, and then there are ice core records that date back hundreds of thousands of years, not to mention the underwater volcanoes in the Antarctic. Roy Spencer will be writing about sea ice and the satellite temperature record for Antarctica.”

“We’ll also have chapters delving into the workings of the climate industrial complex. My IPA colleague Scott Hargreaves will draw on Dante’s Inferno to describe the descending circles of skepticism, and Gideon Rozner will detail how Peter Ridd was fired by James Cook University for exercising free speech on climate change. Other chapters will analyse the political economy of international climate organisations,” said Dr Marohasy.

Dr Marohasy said she was discussing chapter proposals with a number of leading authors in the field and looked forward to making further announcements soon.

The chapter by Dr Ridd in Climate Change: The Facts 2017, entitled The Extraordinary Resilience of Great Barrier Reef Corals and Problems with Policy Science, questioned the effect of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef. It can be downloaded here.

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