Call to reveal ALL funding behind climate sceptics

Published by: Nell Crowden on 18th Feb 2012 | View all blogs by Nell Crowden

Statement from climate scientists and health professionals:

Call to reveal ALL funding behind climate sceptics
 

What motivates the Heartland Institute? As climate and other scientists and health professionals, we view the systematic sowing of unjustified doubt about mainstream international climate science as confusing at best, and inhumane at worst. The Hippocratic Oath, the values of which generations of health professionals have adhered to, declares ‘first, do no harm’. In 2009, The Lancet declared, "climate change is the biggest global health threat of the twenty-first century". Healthcare professionals have a duty to protect patients from disease and environmental harm. Biomedical treatment is just one form of healthcare. Public health professionals study relationships between climate change, sustainability, human health, carbon, physiology, and weather events. Scientific evidence demonstrates that sustainable development can bring with it health benefits, making it a win-win scenario (Lancet, November 2009). We only have a few years to drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to avert dangerous climate change. Given the disproportionate influence given to climate sceptics by the media, it is in the public, national, and global interest for all funding behind their activities to be revealed. This will help people to make up their own minds about the truth of the climate change threat, so that action can be planned on the basis of evidence rather than confusion.

Signed by:

 

Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Professor of Climate Science, University College London

 

Dr. Jim Hansen, Climatologist, Columbia University


Anthony J. McMichael AO, FTSE

Professor of Population Health, and NHMRC Australia Fellow

The Australian National University


Professor Tim O'Riordan OBE, DL, FBA

 

Corinne Le Quéré,

Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy

 

Professor Martin McKee CBE MD DSc

Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor Sue Atkinson CBE

Visiting Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London

 

Professor Sir Andy Haines,

Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH
Professor and Director, Global Health Institute
University of Wisconsin

Dr Andrea Forde 
BMedSci, MBChB, MACTM 
Public Health Physician, Visiting Fellow Australian National University 

Dr Richard Jaine, BSc MBChB MPH FNZCPHM
Senior Lecturer and Public Health Medicine Specialist
Department of Public Health, University of Otago

Roland Clift CBE FREng FIChemE HonFCIWEM FRSA

Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technology,

Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey

 

Walter Wehrmeyer MA PhD MIEMgt CEnv FRSA

Centre For Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey

 

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, 

Professor and Director, 

Global Change Institute, 

University of Queensland

 

Dr. Robin Stott,

Physician, (retired)

 

Michael Moore 

CEO, Public Health Association of Australia

 

Professor Anthony Capon MBBS PhD FAFPHM

Head, Discipline of Public Health, Faculty of Health

University of Canberra


Professor Paul Ekins

Professor of Energy and Environment Policy

UCL Energy Institute, University College London


Chris France

Professor of Environmental Technology

Director of the IDC in Sustainability for Engineering & Energy Systems

University of Surrey


Dr Jamie Hosking
MBChB, MPH, FNZCPHM
Senior Research Fellow
University of Auckland

Dr Rebecca Randerson
MBChB(dist) FRNZCGP
General Practitioner/Lecturer
Wellington New Zealand


Professor John Wiseman
Professorial Fellow
Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
University of Melbourne

Fiona Armstrong

Dr George Laking 
MD PhD FRACP
Consultant Medical Oncologist
Auckland District Health Board

Doug Sellman MBChB, PhD, FRANZCP, FAChAM, 
Professor, University of Otago, New Zealand

Associate Professor Richard Milne PhD, MRSNZ
School of Population Health
University of Auckland

Dr Peter Tait, RACGP General Practitioner of the Year 2007, Canberra

Dr Sudhvir Singh MBChB BMedSci
Waitemata District Health Board


Dr. Catherine Brogan MBBS FFPHM
Chief Executive
Public Health Action Support Team CIC

Dr Graeme Lindsay, FNZCPHM

OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate & Health

 

Dr Vivian Fu, MBChB, medical registrar

 

Dr Alex Macmillan MBChB, MPH

Senior Lecturer Environmental Health, School of Population Health, University of Auckland and OraTaiao, NZ Climate and Health

 
Monique Decortis
 

Dr Scott Metcalfe
MBChB, FNZCPHM
Chief Advisor Population Medicine, public health physician
Co-Convenor, OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health

 

Joanna Santa Barbara

MB.BS, FRANZCP, FRCP(C)

Research Associate, University of Otago

 

Stephan Lewandowsky

Australian Professorial Fellow

School of Psychology

University of Western Australia

 

Russell Tregonning MBChB, FRACS, FNZOA.
Orthopaedic Surgeon and Senior Lecture,

University of Otago

Forbes McGain
Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Physician
Western Health, Victoria


Dr Susie Burke, Senior Psychologist, Public Interest, Environment & Disaster Response, Australian Psychological Society


Dr Bronwyn Wauchope, Clinical Psychologist

Colin Axon, Senior Research Fellow, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, UK 
 

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