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May 31, 2007

Berlin Climate Conference

Conference organized by IUF, EIKE and CFACT

The Institute For Free Enterprise, together with the European Institute for Climate and Energy and CFACT Europe, hosted a conference on current climate affairs in Berlin (Germany). The high profile event was hosted by IFE-Executive-Director Officer Wolfgang Mueller and CFACT Europe's executive director Dr. Holger Thuss and included presentations given by Dr. S. Fred Singer, the former President of the US Weather Satellite Service who also served as an IPCC reviewer, and Ernst Georg Beck, a lecturer and biologist from Freiburg (Germany).  

 

The conference took place on the premises of the Institute For Free Enterprise, and was attended by over 70 participants. It was covered by 2 TV stations and 1 blog site. This marked the first time in many years the truth behind the global climate hysteria was presented to a large German audience, and it was also the first time ever such a conference was held in Berlin.  

 

Dr. Singer discussed many of the facts surrounding the issue of climate change that were also presented in his latest book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years (with Dennis T. Avery, ISBN 978-0742551176). Supported by in-depth scientific evidence, he explained how global temperatures have been rising mostly or entirely because of natural cycles. He also talked about why global warming is not very dangerous, what it was like when Greenland was really green, the importance of CO2 for agriculture, and why global warming - which is largely a product of natural variability - can't be stopped anyway.  

(Video of this presentation is available)  

 

 

After a short break, Mr. Beck then presented his latest findings regarding historic CO2 data records and their impact on the scientific debate. As the author of 180 Years of atmospheric CO2 Gas Analysis by Chemical Methods (Energy & Environment, Vol 18 No. 2, 2007), he explained why it is difficult to believe most of the CO2-analysis underlying the scenarios presented in the latest IPCC-report is correct.  

 

While it is quite simple to show how atmospheric CO2-levels follow natural cycles, such as those which occur during day and night or throughout the seasons, it is obvious that the alleged "fathers" of modern CO2-research, namely Arrhenius, Callendar, and Keeling, were wrong in their methodology. Mr. Beck presented overwhelming evidence how selective Charles Keeling, who is considered a pioneer of modern CO2 measurement, was in his use of historic CO2 data in order to construct a correlation between CO2-levels and temperature. According to Mr. Beck, there are no scientific reasons to omit older but very precise carbon measurements of prominent researchers such as de Saussure, Robert Bunsen, Max von Pettenkofer, Albert Krogh (Nobel Prize 1920) or Otto Warburg (Nobel Prize 1931).  

 

Keelings manipulations were relied upon by the IPCC from the beginning of the global warming debate. Mr. Beck said it is a scandal that this international organization claims there were no precise methods for CO2-analysis before Keeling in the 1950s, even though most scientists should have known that the so-called Pettenkofer-method of the pre-Keeling era is still in use and an official standard in many countries. Even worse: "Not only the data is wrong, their conclusions are also wrong." said Beck.  

(Video of this presentation is available)  

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