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Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

78 Names

In a sensible universe, the list that appears below would be sufficient to vaporize the credibility of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – now and forever, once and for all.

Beginning in 2004 (around the time that work was beginning on the 2007 Climate Bible) the activist World Wildlife Fund (WWF) systematically began recruiting IPCC scientists. By late 2008 it says it had persuaded 130 “leading climate scientists mostly, but not exclusively from” the IPCC to join its parallel initiative called the Climate Witness Scientific Advisory Panel.

The scientists whose names appear below have not only been examining one of the world’s most important questions for the IPCC. They have a documented, public relationship with professional lobbyists who have a strong interest in influencing this matter. (For readers who are just tuning in, the WWF believes it is “nearly impossible to overstate” the threat posed by climate change – see here, backup link here.)

The people on the list below either played some role in the 2007 Climate Bible or are helping to write the next IPCC report which is expected to be completed in 2013. In many cases, they’re doing dual duty.

On this list are 23 coordinating lead authors – those the IPCC placed in charge of an entire chapter. The list also includes Osvaldo Canziani. Having served as Working Group 2 co-chair for both the 2001 and 2007 reports, he is one of the IPCC’s most senior officials.

    • Peter Ambenje – a Working Group 1 contributor to the 2007 report
    • Sophie des Clers – a contributing author to two chapters of the 2007 report
    • Antoine Guisan – a contributing author to two chapters of the 2007 report
    • Claudio Guillermo Menéndez – who served as a lead author for the 2007 report
    • Batimaa Punsalmaa – a lead author for two chapters of the 2007 report (here and here)

I took two snapshots of this WWF Scientific Advisory Panel webpage. The first was back in July 2010. The second was a  few weeks ago.

The only apparent difference between them is the absence of Stephen Schneider‘s name from the second (he died in 2010).



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