Global warming is no longer a planetary emergency Its official. The scare is over. The World Federation of Scientists, at its annual seminars on planetary emergencies, has been advised by its own climate monitoring panel that global warming is no longer a planetary emergency. -- Last years magistral lecture to the Federation was by Professor Vaclav Klaus, then president of the Czech Republic, whose talk was entitled The manmade contribution to global warming is not a planetary emergency. President Klaus had said: Current as well as realistically foreseeable global warming, and especially Mans contribution to it, is not a planetary emergency which should bother us. My reading both of the available data and of conflicting scientific arguments and theories allows me to argue that it is not global warming caused by human activity that is threatening us. This year Dr. Christopher Essex, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario and chairman of the Federations permanent monitoring panel on climate, gave the Federations closing plenary session his panels confirmation that Climate change in itself is not a planetary emergency. -- Professor Essex pointed out that history had shown illegitimate political movements inventing false emergencies to bypass democratic constraints on their quest for absolute power. The Earths climate, he said, is a dynamic and continually-changing system. Human societies have lived and thriven under every conceivable climate, and modern technology makes adaptation to changing weather conditions entirely routine. -- On behalf of the climate monitoring panel, Professor Essex also spoke up for scientists who have been bullied, threatened or even dismissed for having dared to question the Party Line on climate. He said: Our greatest concern at present is that the intellectual climate for scientific investigation of these matters has become so hostile and politicized that the necessary research and debate cannot freely take place. Political constraints take the form of declaring the underlying science to be settled when it clearly is not; defunding or denigrating research that is perceived to threaten the case for renewable energy; or the use of odious pejoratives like denialist to describe dissent from officially-sanctioned views on climate science. Professors Bob Carter and Murry Salby, who had questioned the severity of Mans influence on the climate, were both ejected by their universities this year. I believe someone was saying something about a consensus...?