Climate brochure presented to members of the Dutch Parliament

18 October 2011

On 4 October 2011, the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) presented the document ‘Climate change, science and debate’ to the Permanent Committee for Infrastructure and the Environment of the Dutch Parliament. The brochure, which was written by five experts two of which are connected to the UvA, presents the scientific facts about climate change and discusses the controversies and uncertainties in climate research.

On 4 October 2011, the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) presented the document ‘Climate change, science and debate’ to the Permanent Committee for Infrastructure and the Environment of the Dutch Parliament. The brochure, which was written by five experts two of which are connected to the UvA, presents the scientific facts about climate change and discusses the controversies and uncertainties in climate research.

Last year a few errors were discovered in the Report on Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This provoked a strong response from (inter)national political leaders. Former Dutch Minister of the Environment Jacqueline Cramer demanded on hundred percent reliable scientific information. In response, the KNAW wrote the publication ‘Climate change, science and debate’. In this document the scientific facts about climate change are presented and the controversies and uncertainties in climate research discussed. The document was written by five Academy members. The University of Amsterdam was represented by Prof. dr. Louise Fresco (University professor) and Prof. dr. Henry Hooghiemstra (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Faculty of Science). The other members were Prof. dr. Rudy Rabbinge (Wageningen University), Prof. dr. Henk Dijkstra (Utrecht University) en Prof. dr. Hans Opschoor (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam).

On 4 October 2011 the first copies of the brochure were presented to the members of the Permanent Committee for Infrastructure and the Environment of the Dutch Parliament. Subsequently, Prof. Rabbinge and prof. Hooghiemstra debated with MPs of almost all Dutch political parties about climate research and how to deal with the uncertainties in scientific data.

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