From the Mail online. H/T Maurizio ‘Omnologos’ Morabito for the improved title:
Green ‘smear campaign’ against professor who dared to disown ‘sexed up’ UN climate dossier
By David Rose 6-4-14
The professor who refused to sign last week’s high-profile UN climate report because it was too ‘alarmist’, has told The Mail on Sunday he has become the victim of a smear campaign.
Richard Tol claims he is fighting a sustained attack on his reputation by [Bob Ward, director of the Grantham Institute], a leading institution that researches the impact of global warming .
Prof Tol said:
This has all the characteristics of a smear campaign. It’s all about taking away my credibility as an expert.
Prof Tol, from Sussex University, is a highly respected climate economist and one of two ‘co-ordinating lead authors’ of an important chapter in the 2,600-page report published last week by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5 WGII).
He has been widely criticised by green campaigners after he claimed that the much shorter ‘summary for policymakers’ [SPM] – hammered out in all-night sessions between scientists and government officials over a week-long meeting in Yokohama, Japan – was overly alarmist.
In his view, the summary focused on ‘scare stories’ and suggestions the world faced ‘the four horsemen of the apocalypse’.