Can sceptical scientists get funded?
Sep 23, 2009
Bishop Hill in Climate

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

Mr Edmund Wallis

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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