Syun Akasofu was the founder and director of the International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, from its establishment in 1998 until January 2007. His areas of expertise are physics and geophysics. He is also a well-known climate change skeptic and a speaker at the International Conference on Climate Change (2009), organized by the Heartland Institute think tank.
Akasofu on climate change
Akasofu asserts that at least some of the contribution to global climate change comes from the natural effect of "recovery from the Little Ice Age," rather than from human activity.  He has criticized the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), asserting that they have failed to show "definite scientific proof that 'most' of the present warming is caused by the greenhouse effect," as the IPCC's 2007 report states.  He does admit that global warming is occurring, especially in the Arctic, and that this climate change "consists of both natural change and the greenhouse effect."  His critics respond that the Little Ice Age is somewhat of a climate change myth. The warming after the so-called Little Ice Age "may reflect both an increase in solar activity and a redistribution of heat around the planet," but the "continued warming in recent decades, however, cannot be explained by increases in solar radiation alone." 
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- ↑ "Staff Profile", IARC website, accessed February 2009.
- ↑ "Speakers," Heartland Institute website, accessed January 2009.
- ↑ "Response to Readers: Notes on Climate Change", April 2007.
- ↑ "Misleading Information on Global Warming", IARC website, accessed February 2009.
- ↑ "TESTIMONY OF DR. SYUN-ICHI AKASOFU BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND IMPACTS HEARING ON THE PROJECTED AND PAST EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE: A FOCUS ON MARINE AND TERRESTRIAL SYSTEMS", IARC website, April 2006.
- ↑ "Climate Myths" New Scientists Online, accessed March 2009.
Presentations by Akasofu
- Syun Akasofu, "Natural Causes of 20th Century Warming: Recovery from the Little Ice Age and Oscillatory Change", Presentation to Heartland Institute's International Conference on Climate Change (2009), March 9, 2009. (PowerPoint)
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