Policy Documents

Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate (pdf)

Edited by S. Fred Singer, Ph.D. –
March 2, 2008

This is the Policymakers Summary of the first report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), an international coalition of scientists convened to provide a comprehensive and authoritative response to the alarmist reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

This report was published in 2008 by The Heartland Institute, edited by Dr. S. Fred Singer, and lists 24 scientists who contributed to the report. A foreword was written by Dr. Frederick Seitz, President Emeritus, Rockefeller University, and Past President, National Academy of Sciences.

In 2009, the full NIPCC report upon which “Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate” is based was published and titled Climate Change Reconsidered. Several more volumes in the Climate Change Reconsidered series have been published since then. All are available at www.climatechangereconsidered.org.

This 40-page, extensively illustrated report presents evidence and analysis on eight of the key issues in the climate change debate: How much of modern warming is anthropogenic? Most of modern warming is due to natural causes. Climate models are not reliable. The rate of sea-level rise is unlikely to increase. Do anthropogenic greenhouse gases heat the oceans? How much do we know about carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? The effects of human carbon dioxide emissions are benign. The economic effects of modest warming are likely to be positive.