Seventh International Conference on Climate Change
The Seventh International Conference on Climate Change was hosted by The Heartland Institute May 21-23 2012 in Chicago, Illinois at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 South Michigan Avenue. The event followed the NATO Summit that took place in Chicago on May 19–21. Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, participated in the NATO Summit and delivered a keynote address at ICCC-7. He told climate conference attendees, “I am glad to tell you that we did not discuss the global warming. It seems that NATO does not consider global warming to be a security threat.”
Watch video of all the ICCC-7 presentations, as well as video from the previous six climate conferences, at the climate conferences Web site..
The previous ICCC to take place in Chicago, Fourth International Conference on Climate Change in 2010, attracted nearly 800 scientists, policy experts, elected officials, journalists, and other guests. We expect another large turn-out due to recent developments in the international debate over climate change, a line-up of outstanding speakers, and the global focus on Chicago due to the NATO Summit.
The conference is open to the public.
This year’s theme is “Real Science, Real Choices.” The conference will feature approximately 60 scientists and policy experts speaking at plenary sessions and on three tracks of concurrent panel sessions exploring what real climate science is telling us about the causes and consequences of climate change, and the real consequences of choices being made based on the current perceptions of the state of climate science.
• Václav Klaus is president of the Czech Republic, first elected in February 2003. An economist by education, he was worked in research at the Institute of Economics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Czechoslovak State Bank. He has held academic posts at the Forecasting Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Charles University, and the Prague School of Economics.
• Alan Carlin Ph.D., former senior analyst and manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In March 2009 he authored a highly critical internal review of EPA’s draft report on endangerment from greenhouse gases, which led him to become a whistle-blower.
• Robert Carter Hon. FRSNZ, research professor at James Cook University (Queensland, Australia), where he was head of the School of Earth Sciences between 1981 and 1999. He is author of Climate: The Counter Consensus.
• Anthony Watts a 25-year broadcast meteorology veteran and currently chief meteorologist for KPAY-AM radio. He hosts the popular climate change blog wattsupwiththat.com and a Web site at surfacestations.org devoted to photographing and documenting the quality of weather stations across the) U.S.
•William Gray is emeritus professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University (CSU), and head of the Tropical Meteorology Project at CSU's Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Gray is noted for his forecasts of Atlantic hurricane season activity.
•Tom Harris is the executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition. He has 30 years’ experience working as a mechanical engineer and project manager, science and technology communications professional and media and science and technology advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic.
•Fred Singer is an American physicist and professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia. Dr. Singer is a public opponent of global warming. He founded the Science and Environmental Policy Project in 1990 which further argues this position.
•Willie Soon is an astrophysicist at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
•Craig Idso Ph.D. is the founder and former president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change and currently serves as chairman of its board of directors.
•Craig Loehle Ph.D., is principal scientist at the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, where he conducts computer modeling of forest growth and global climate change research.
•Ross McKitrick is an associate professor of economics at the University of Guelph, where he specializes in environmental economics.
•Dennis Avery is a senior fellow with The Heartland Institute, director of the Center for Global Food Issues, and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute. With Dr. S. Fred Singer, he is coauthor of Unstoppable Global Warming - Every 1,500 Years, which spent several weeks on The New York Times best-seller list in early 2007.
•Harrison Schmitt Ph. D, was a NASA scientist from 1965 to 1975. Starting in 1977 Schmitt began a six-year term as one of New Mexico's Senators in Washington, D.C. Since 1982, Schmitt has worked as a consultant, corporate director, and free lance writer and speaker on matters related to space, science, technology, and public policy. In 1994, he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and Chairman and President of the Annapolis Center for Environmental Quality.
Major developments on the science front since the last ICCC took place include publication of a new report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) updating its 2009 report, Climate Change Reconsidered, and a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on climate change and extreme weather events.
2011 was marked by major retreats in the U.S. and other developing nations from government subsidies and investments in solar and wind power. The widely publicized bankruptcies of companies including Solar Trust of America and Solyndra, and slow economic growth and fiscal crises afflicting many European countries, have forced policymakers around the world to reconsider the costs and consequences of basing energy choices on fear of man-made global warming.