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Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Page: 4204

Climate Change

(Question No. 793)


Mr Simpkins asked the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, in writing, on 7 February 2012:

Can he explain the Government's position on the Saturated Greenhouse Effect Theory (SGET) of Dr Ferenc Miskolczi,

Can he indicate what the Government has done to disprove or prove the SGET.

Has the Government directed the CSIRO to investigate the SGET.


Mr Combet: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Australian Government does not accept the findings of Dr Ferenc Miskolczi on the Saturated Greenhouse Effect Theory.

The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has reviewed Dr Miskolczi's findings that the Earth's greenhouse effect is constant, is naturally controlled by a balance between water vapour and other greenhouse gases, and that currently accepted rules significantly overestimate the sensitivity of greenhouse forcing.

Dr Miskolczi's findings have not been published in a mainstream science journal that is open to the process of peer-review.

The Government has not directed the CSIRO to investigate the Saturated Greenhouse Effect Theory.

There is clear evidence that our climate is changing, largely due to anthropogenic greenhouse gases. The Fourth Assessment Report, produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007, states global warming is 'unequivocal' and 'most of the observed increase in globally-averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in greenhouse gas concentrations'.

There are multiple lines of evidence in the report showing that the Earth's climate system is warming. These include increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level. The report represents the international consensus on climate change science in literature that has been extensively peer-reviewed and published in scientific journals. The report can be found at www.ipcc.ch.

The findings of the IPCC have been strongly supported by recent publications that synthesise the peer reviewed literature including, the American National Academies (www.dels.nas.edu), the Royal Society in the United Kingdom (www.royalsociety.org) and the Australian Academy of Science (www.science.org.au).

The consensus within the mainstream science community is that climate change is real, currently being observed and will have significant future impacts if no action is taken to reduce global carbon pollution.