Richard Tol, the Dutch environmental economist, who left Dublin's ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) in 2012 after a dispute about research techniques, has become a dissenting author of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) latest report published Monday, that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans.
The summary report, titled 'Climate
Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of
the IPCC', details the impacts of climate change to date, the future
risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to
reduce risks. A total of 309 coordinating lead authors, lead authors, and review
editors, drawn from 70 countries, were selected to produce the report. They
enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors, and a total of 1,729 expert and
Richard Tol, now a professor at the University of
Sussex and a professor of the Economics of Climate Change, Institute for
Environmental Studies and Department of Spatial Economics, Vrije Universiteit,
told Reuters that he disagreed with some findings of the summary issued in
The Financial Times reports today that Chris Field, professor of environmental studies at Stanford University in California, co-chair of the IPCC working group that produced the report, said Prof Tol was outside the mainstream scientific community. He suggested that the economist was upset because his research had not been better represented in the summary.
“When the IPCC does a report, what you get is the community’s position. Richard Tol is a wonderful scientist but he’s not at the centre of the thinking. He’s kind of out on the fringe,” Prof Field said before the report’s release.
“We have other authors who are out on the fringe on the other side and I can assure you that every one of the 309 authors on my report thinks that his or her research is under-cited and is not adequately represented in the findings of the overall report.”
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