Richard Tol, a professor of economics at Sussex University in England, has resigned as one of the writers of a climate report for the IPCC (the U.N.’s climate change organization), arguing that the drafts “became too alarmist.”
Speaking to Reuters, Mr Tol explained his rebuke of the report’s climate change alarmism, while acknowledging that some other authors “strongly disagree with me.“
Mr. Tol said many of the other authors “strongly disagree with me,” but that he found the IPCC’s emphasis on climate change alarmism — and focus on risk — came at the expense of providing solutions for the world’s governments to adapt and overcome.
He said, for instance, farmers could grow new and different crops to offset any negative impacts from climate change that impacted food supplies.
“They will adapt,” Mr. Tol said, Reuters reported. “Farmers are not stupid.”
He also decried the fact the U.N. report downplayed possible economic benefits of warming. For example, he said: Warmer winters could mean fewer deaths among the elderly and possibly better crop growths in some areas.
“It is pretty damn obvious there are positive impacts of climate change, even though we are not always allowed to talk about them,” Mr. Tol said in the Reuters report.
Adding to his disdain for the IPCC report which he had his name removed from, on the morning the report was released he tweeted:
This is not the first time something like this has happened, Richard Landsea, a U.S. meteorologist, pulled out of the last report published in 2007, accusing the IPCC of overstating evidence that global warming was aggravating Atlantic hurricanes. Landsea turned out to be correct.