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« Curriculum for Environmentalists | Main | Should we believe anything the Met Office says? »
Wednesday
Sep232009

Can sceptical scientists get funded?

Here is the council of NERC, the main body for funding climate science in the UK:

Mr Edmund Wallis
Chairman

Professor Alan Thorpe
Chief Executive, and Deputy Chairman

Professor Paul Curran
Vice Chancellor and Professor of Physical Geography, Bournemouth University

Professor Huw Davies
Institute for Atmospheric & Climate Science, ETH

Mr Rowan Douglas
Managing Director, Willis Analytics for Willis Re

Professor Alastair Fitter
Department of Biology, University of York

Professor Anne Glover
Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland

Professor Charles Godfray
Professor of Zoology, University of Oxford

Professor Alex Halliday
University of Oxford

Mr Peter Hazell
Chairman of the Argent Group and non-executive director of various UK plcs

Professor Michael Lockwood
Professor of Space Plasma Physics, and Energy and the Environment, University of Southampton; Chief Scientist, Space Science Department, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Professor Thomas Meagher
Professor and Chair of Plant Biology at the University of St Andrews

Professor Julia Slingo OBE
Chief Scientist Met Office

Professor Andrew Watson
Professor at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Professor Robert (Bob) Watson
Chief Scientific Advisor to DEFRA

Professor Marjorie Wilson
Professor at the Institute of Geophysics, School of Earth and Environment and Pro-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds

There sure are a lot of names I recognise in that list - Lockwood and Bob Watson are certified alarmists for sure. If I recall correctly, Slingo is one too. Andrew Watson was involved in the Royal Society geoengineering report, so it's fairly clear which side of the fence he's on. Interesting also to see someone from the insurance industry on the list. This is a theme that Climate Resistance has picked up on from time to time - insurers are able to put their rates up in expectation of increased losses from global warming.

 

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Reader Comments (6)

The was a man called C. E. Heath who made a veritable fortune as the first scientific actuarial insurance broker. He would not be deceived by these charlatans were he alive now. If insurance rates rise on the basis of incorrect calculations, then save all your money by not purchasing the ****ing insurance in the first place. The usual disclaimers apply.

Respectfully,

Perry

Sep 24, 2009 at 7:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterPerry

As insurance companies have to make hard-headed decisions, such as claims reserving, based on statistics, actuarial tables etc., I'm curious as to how much is accepted on trust ("scientists are saying") and how much is subjected to a bit of due diligence. Or if an organisation like GHF produces a report saying that 315,000 people die each year due to climate change, how much scrutiny is this subjected to by actuaries, bearing in mind that the future of their company hangs on an accurate assessment of trends? It would be interesting to find out.

Sep 26, 2009 at 9:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

Yes i do agree with Alex. But claims reserving is not the only alternative. Insurance company should raise premium or take more mortality charges.

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