This has been the most ferocious attack we have suffered, among many others.
Claus U. Rieth, The Porto Climate Conference
From our colleagues from different universities – Some of the people are known and important in Portuguese cultural environment. The inquisition is not so far away as we might expect!
Yes, we had inquisition too.
We think it is the main cause of our retard…. and of the 48 years of Salazar dictatorship…. According to Henry Charles Lea, between 1540 and 1794, the courts of Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Évora burned 1,175 living people, burned the effigy of another 633 and imposed punishment on 29,590 human beings. However, the documentation of 15 of the 689 autos-de-fé has disappeared, so that these figures may slightly underestimate the reality.
Claus U. Rieth
MBA, M.Div., phil.bot.
Director CRConsult, Rev.
Open Letter to the Rector of the University of Porto
(translated by Google translator)
The University of Porto must scrutinize the events it organizes and promotes knowledge based on in Science.
As announced on the website of the University of Porto and reported in the press, September 7 and 8 at the Faculty of Arts of entitled “Basic science of a changing climate: how processes in the sun, atmosphere, and ocean affect weather and climate “.
Under the cover of this interesting title that suggests a scientific field recognized, this conference is ultimately organized by a well-known climate change, the so-called “Independent Committee on Geoethics”, and will gather Denialists from various countries, and is presided over by Maria Assunção Araújo, of that faculty. In her own words for the press Maria Assunção Araújo is explicit:
“I do not care to listen to people that consider that the only cause of climate change is CO2.”
The term ‘climate change’ now has different meanings.
While not ignoring large temporal scale it has its own meanings, it is not possible today to deny the consensus the scientific community that the current climate change to watch, are caused by actions with human origin. It is a scientific consensus that areas of expertise and encompass scientists from all continents. There is an unambiguous of the planet, not just simulated or predicted but measured. The emission of gases with the greenhouse effect, the most relevant of which is carbon dioxide, is the main reason for this warming and comes mainly from the use of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), but also from other sources such as deforestation and agriculture. This assertion was made clear in the last IPCC report (Panel Intergovernmental Organization for Climate Change).
Global warming is changing all kinds of climates, with varied and burdensome effects in all ecosystems of the planet and impacts on virtually all human organizations as we know them today. To this set of changes was agreed to be called climate change. International Organizations such as the IPCC, which integrates 195 countries as members and counts on the collaboration of thousands of scientists around the world, have warned of the urgency of adopting measures to combat global warming, and it is extremely important to raise awareness and mobilize all sectors of society.
The signatories of this open letter, scientists and workers in Science, come to express their protest against the fact that the University of Porto, preside, to hold a disinformation conference, giving credibility to political ideas aimed at if it can achieve the climatic stabilization of the planet during this century. These ideas scientifically unfounded – to which the name of negacionismo is given -, instead of clarifying and awareness of climate change, are no more than foundation or scientific method. We are not oblivious to the tactics often used by these denialist organizations, which use the space of democracy to try to polarize the society and gain media space, creating an artificial and wrong polemic, invoking censorship and victimizing themselves in the process. We are also not surprised that this event coincides with the date of the World March of the Climate, to be held next September 8, in which demonstrations will take to the streets all over the world, and in Portugal as well, to demand concrete action to the last decades in terms of extreme weather events and warming of the planet.
Being a public university and one of the largest producers of Science in Portugal, the University of Porto is required to scrutinize the events it hosts. This institution, for the responsibility to disseminate informed knowledge, should not lend the name and give credibility to the denial of Science and Knowledge, but rather to promote knowledge climate change, following good international scientific practice.
- Carla Amado Gomes, Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon
- Carlos Borrego, Center for Environmental and Sea Studies, University of Aveiro
- Carlos Fiolhais, Department of Physics, University of Coimbra
- Carlos Sousa Reis, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
- Catarina Pereira, Portuguese Skeptical Community (COMCEPT)
- David Marçal, Agência Ciência Viva
- Diana Barbosa, COMCEPT
- Eduardo Ferreira, University of Aveiro
- Fernando Lima, CIBIO, University of Porto
- Filipe Duarte Santos, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
- Francisco Ferreira, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
- Gil Penha-Lopes, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
- Helena Freitas, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra
- Helena Martins, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
- Inês Farias, Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere
- Isabel Ribeiro, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Autonomous University of Barcelona
- Ivone Facade, SciComPT
- Joana Lobo Antunes, SciComPT
- Joana Lourenço, Center for Environmental and Sea Studies, University of Aveiro
- João Camargo, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
- João Ferrão, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
- João Monteiro, Interuniversity Center of History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon and
- Technical University of Lisbon
- João Peças Lopes, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto
- Joaquim Sande Silva, School of Agriculture of Coimbra, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra
- Jorge Paiva, Center for Functional Ecology, Department of Botany, University of Coimbra
- José da Silva, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto
- José Manuel Mendonça, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto
- José Pissarra, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto
- José Saldanha Matos, Higher Technical Institute, University of Lisbon
- José Vítor Malheiros, SciComPT and consultant
- Júlia Seixas, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
- Leonor Abrantes, COMCEPT
- Luís Carvalho Pereira, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto
- Luís Ribeiro, Higher Technical Institute, University of Lisbon
- Luísa Schmidt, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
- Manuel Carlos Silva, Interdisciplinary Center of Social Sciences, University of Minho
- Manuel Sobrinho-Simões, IPATIMUP
- Margarida Robaina, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism, University of Aveiro
- Maria Eduarda Gonçalves, ISCTE, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
- Maria Isabel Amorim, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto
- Maria João Santos, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto
- Marta Daniela Santos, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
- Nuno Fragoso Lopes, COMCEPT
- Nuno Ferrand de Almeida, CIBIO, University of Porto
- Paula Tamagnini, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto
- Paulo Talhadas Santos, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto
- Pedro Bingre do Amaral, Agrarian Superior School of Coimbra, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra
- Pedro Esteves, CIBIO, University of Porto
- Pedro Macedo, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
- Pedro Matos Soares, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
- Pedro Nunes, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
- Pedro Prista, ISCTE, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
- Pedro Russo, Department of Science Communication and Society, University of Leiden
- Rodrigo Proença de Oliveira, Higher Technical Institute, University of Lisbon
- Rui Cortes, Center for Research and Agro-Environmental and Biological Technologies, University of Trás-os-
- Montes and Alto Douro
- Sílvia Castro, SciComPT
- Susana Freitas, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne
- Susana Pereira, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto
- Teresa Lago, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto
- Victor Vasconcelos, Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto