MEDIA RELEASE 7 May 2008
Five prominent New Zealand scientists say global warming is real
The Heartland Institute has named five New Zealanders in a list of 500 scientists whose published research is alleged to
undermine support for the idea that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, largely fossil fuel burning, is
warming the globe.
The five scientists concerned are Associate Professor Chris Hendy (University of Waikato), Dr Matt McGlone (Science Team
Leader, Landcare Research), Dr Neville Moar (retired DSIR,), Dr Jim Salinger (Principal Scientist, NIWA) and Dr Peter
Wardle (retired DSIR, FRSNZ). Other eminent scientists around the world, also included in the list of 500, have
publically distanced themselves from the Heartland statement. While the Heartland Institute is entitled to make what it
will of their research, these scientists strongly object to the implication that they support Heartland’s position.
The scientists fully endorse the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as to global warming
and its causes. Much of their work has been concerned with climate change over many thousands of years, which, while
supporting the idea that climates have fluctuated in the past and have at times been warmer than now, does not in any
way weaken the conclusions reached by the IPCC about recent changes.
Dr Wardle has led investigations into the effects of warming on New Zealand tree lines. Dr McGlone coauthored a book
published in 1989 warning of the possibility of warming-related changes in New Zealand. Dr Salinger has documented
climate warming in New Zealand and the South Pacific, and published a book in 1990 outlining the impacts global warming
could have on New Zealand. Dr Salinger and Dr McGlone have also been involved in the preparation and review of the IPCC
This group of scientists is actively involved in programmes on climate change research leading to greater definition of
the impacts on New Zealand, so that measures can be taken to adapt to the risks of climate change.