The latest press release from the Helmholtz Institute, in Geestacht, Germany features Professor Hans von Storch and reports that he has been placed on the List Of The Top 100 Influential Germans by FOCUS magazine, who have dubbed him “The Climate Realist”.
Again, for the 2nd time this week, kudos to FOCUS.
Hans von Storch is a warmist (in name only?), and says man is having an impact on the climate. But unlike his paranoid colleagues at the Potsdam Institute For Climate Impact Research, whose neurotic science foresees only doom, gloom and catastrophe unless global society immediately suspends democracy and implements a radical and massive wealth redistribution scheme, von Storch prefers to stay within the realms of science and reason – both in practice and in function. Here’s what the Helmholtz press release says (excerpt, translated in English):
Hans von Storch, 61, The Climate Realist — apocalyptic bluster is foreign to him. Smart adaptation to change is Hans von Storch’s credo. The climate scientist from the University of Hamburg is not one of the skeptics, but is convinced like the majority of his expert colleagues, that global warming is taking place. And because over the last years many exaggerations in climate scenarios have become known, his solid scientific argumentation is gaining more attention.”
‘Climate research is always a project involving many colleagues whose mutual findings can yield a certain amount of influence. Still, I’m pleased to be named because it demonstrates that a realistic approach with climate knowledge is gaining acceptance in the media,’ says Hans von Storch, Director of the Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Center in Geesthacht and Professor at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg.
The bit above about “not being one of the skeptics” is just standard CYA stuff. Who hasn’t been convinced that the earth has warmed? The question is: “Over which timescale?”
Personally, I’m been both pleased, and annoyed by von Storch. On one hand he is not an alarmist, and you can be sure he bases that on scientific data. Although I haven’t done a thorough review of his writings, he tends to produce results that fall into the sceptics column (he was one of the first to confirm McIntyre’s demolition of Mann’s hockey stick – which he called Quatsch – which means “nonsense” in English. He’s a skeptic of catastrophic scenarios – that’s pretty clear. He’s been attacked by a hot-headed Rahmstorf a number of times.
Yet, on the other hand, I find him making enough warmist comments without presenting data. It’s not for nothing he calls himself “the honest broker” at his Klimazwiebel blog,…i.e. someone who takes a position in the middle, on the fence, and often acts to try to resolve opposing differences. One has to remember that in Germany being a skeptic is the same as committing career suicide. The only alternative is to move to the middle.
Give FOCUS credit for putting him on the list. I don’t know if any of the dark knights of climate science horrors from PIK , i.e. Schellnhuber, Rahmstorf or Edenhofer are on the list. I guess we’ll find out Monday when the new issue of FOCUS is available at news stands.
HvS website: http://coast.hzg.de/staff/storch/