New Zealand climate change denial defeated

By Ken Perrott 07/09/2012 5


The High Court decision on the Judicial Review of NIWA’s New Zealand temperature record was issued today. I will comment in more depth next week but interested readers can download and read the judgement themselves.

In short – the arguments made by the climate change denial/sceptics/ contrarian groups were tossed out and costs will be awarded against them.

Here is the judgement’s summary:

“[185] The plaintiff does not succeed on any of its challenges to the three decisions of NIWA in issue. The application for judicial review is dismissed and judgment entered for the defendant.

Costs
[186] The defendant is entitled to costs. Given the time involved and the steps taken, costs on a category 2 time band C would seem appropriate. However, if the parties are unable to agree I will receive memoranda and deal with the issue of costs on the basis of such memoranda.”

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5 Responses to “New Zealand climate change denial defeated”

  • This is welcome news, but we need to remember that the science has been neither proven nor disproved here. It is just that a particular line of attack on the science has been found to be inadequate. I’m sure they will have another go.

  • I agree – it wasn’t about the science as such but about scientific integrity. In effect these people had been accusing NIWA scientists of fraud. They may have avoided using the F word but the implication and dog whistling was obvious.

    The judgement showed they had no basis for their accusations and NIWA is certainly seeing it as a vindication of their integrity.

  • >NIWA is certainly seeing it as a vindication of their integrity
    An extremely good point that I should have noted.

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