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Reconsidering the Science and Economics

The Fourth International Conference on Climate Change will be held in Chicago, Illinois on May 16-18, 2010 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago. It will call attention to new scientific research on the causes and consequences of climate change, and to economic analysis of the cost and effectiveness of proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To register for the event, or for information about the program, speakers, co-sponsors, and more, please click on the links above.


Background

The First International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-1) took place in March 2008 in New York City. One hundred speakers and panelists came from 26 countries to prove that leading scientists and economists from around the world dispute the claim that global warming is a crisis. More than 500 people attended the conference, which generated global press attention.

The next conference, ICCC-2, took place in March 2009 once again in New York City. This time the theme was “Global Warming: Was It Every Really a Crisis?” Once again speakers and guests came from around the world and the audience grew to more than 700 people. The conference demonstrated that the number of global warming “realists” is growing rapidly, and the scientific community is turning against alarmism.

The Third International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-3) took place in June 2009 in Washington, DC. This scaled-down one-day version of the conference, just three months after the second conference, attracted a standing-room-only audience and featured presentations by leading scientists as well as three members of Congress. It took our key message -- that global warming is not a crisis -- directly to the nation’s capital and elected officials.


This Year’s Theme

The theme for ICCC-4 will be “Reconsidering the Science and Economics.” New scientific discoveries are casting doubt on how much of the warming of the twentieth century was natural and how much was man-made, and governments around the world are beginning to confront the astronomical cost of reducing emissions. Economists, meanwhile, are calculating that the cost of slowing or stopping global warming exceeds the social benefits.

The purpose of ICCC-4 is the same as it was for the first three events: to build momentum and public awareness of the global warming “realism” movement, a network of scientists, economists, policymakers, and concerned citizens who believe sound science and economics, rather than exaggeration and hype, ought to determine what actions, if any, are taken to address the problem of climate change.


More about the Event

The Heartland Institute, an independent nonprofit organization, is once again the host of the event. Heartland has been very active in the global warming debate, publishing books and monographs, maintaining multiple Web sites providing information on the issue, and in 2009, publishing Climate Change Reconsidered, a comprehensive reply to the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The speakers at the conference agree it is time to reconsider the science and economics of global warming. They do not all agree on the causes, extent, or consequences of climate change, or what should be done. The ICCCs are genuine scientific conferences in the sense that scientists and other experts are invited to share their latest research and engage in respectful debate with others.

Scores of other organizations have been invited to be cosponsors to help supply speakers and promote the event to their members and supporters. Sponsors of previous ICCCs have included Americans for Tax Reform, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, and Science and Public Policy Institute, and Science and Environmental Policy Project.

The event is open to the public. Federal and state elected officials can attend for free. A limited number of travel scholarships are available for international guests.

We hope you will consider attending what promises to be the biggest and most influential International Conference on Climate Change yet.


For the full proceedings of previous International Conferences on Climate Change, including links to videos and PowerPoint presentations, select one of the links below.

First International Conference on Climate Change (March 2008, New York City)

Second International Conference on Climate Change (March 2009, New York City)

Third International Conference on Climate Change (June 2009, Washington, DC)