Richard Tol has been playing Richard Tol at the IPCC WGII meeting in Tokyo. It looks like he is not going to sign on to the summary statement, which would make the process to reconcile the full report to the SPM, interesting, especially given the short shrift he has given to the expert referees. Tol is extensively quoted in a BBC report by Matt McGrath
Prof Richard Tol is an economist at the University of Sussex, who has been the convening lead author of the chapter on economics.Tol's first is very pleased to push the article
He was involved in drafting the summary but has now asked for his name to be removed from the document.
"The message in the first draft was that through adaptation and clever development these were manageable risks, but it did require we get our act together," he told BBC News.
"This has completely disappeared from the draft now, which is all about the impacts of climate change and the four horsemen of the apocalypse. This is a missed opportunity."
Critics say that some aspects of the projected effects are "alarmist", such as the impact on conflict and migration caused by climate change.
"You have a very silly statement in the draft summary that says that people who live in war-torn countries are more vulnerable to climate change, which is undoubtedly true," said Prof Tol.
"But if you ask people in Syria whether they are more concerned with chemical weapons or climate change, I think they would pick chemical weapons - that is just silliness."
Dissent among scientists over key climate impacts report http://t.co/k0DQw3IlZsTol then reverse ferrets to explain the news about him no longer being a co-author on the SPM and why the BBC is, shock horror, a bunch of journalists
— Richard Tol (@RichardTol) March 25, 2014
@richardabetts I did not watch my mouth while talking to @MattMcGrathBBC
— Richard Tol (@RichardTol) March 27, 2014
.@mahaenggi last week I accidentally told the BBC about a decision I made six months ago; I'm still a CLANow some, not Eli to be sure, might think this all is in response to an article by Toralf Staud a freelancer in Klima Retter (Climate Savior) a German on line magazine for which Richard is going all Ms. Manners in the best tradition of his sidekick who when told he was no longer needed, decided everyone was being mean to him. Richard complains about Staud introducing himself as a "freelance science journalist"
— Richard Tol (@RichardTol) March 27, 2014
@RichardTol what's the point? He IS a freelance journalist, writing on science and politics, as Google or Wikipedia tell you within secondsEli will be providing a translation of this article in a few minutes, but just to set the stage, let the Bunny translate the last paragraph which was an additional comment that Tol provided after the article appeared.
— klimaretter.info (@wirklimaretter) March 27, 2014
P. S. 27 03 : After publication of this article , we received a response from Richard Tol , which we gladly add. On the question of his competence, he replied : " I have done research for 20 years on issues of climate change impacts, have published myself on the topics of health and conflicts and have closely followed the literature on the subject of nutrition." In addition, it was true that he had between the third and fourth draft of the Summary for Policy Makers, "sometime betweenOctober-November " withdrawn from the authors' group, but he had previously been involved in discussions on specific topics, as well as the tone of the summary.Tol rejects the accusation that his current criticism is a PR stunt. In talking with the BBC correspondent although he had made the statements that were quoted they were, however, only a small side issue in a 30 - minute interview . The BBC had inflated the idea without his agreement, and other media had then amplified it. "I'm not the least bit happy with that. Debates should be about climate science or climate policy , not climate people."Strangely enough, those who never see enough of their names in print are now being quite shy about having their names mentioned, except of course, when they are doing the mentioning. The great mentioners are having meltdowns
@RogerPielkeJr they haven't posted any comments on that thread since 5:48am. get a grip dude.
— Paul Davison (@FatCassandra) March 26, 2014