Chris de Freitas

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Chris de Freitas is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He is a global warming skeptic, is listed as a contributor to the climate contrarian website ICECAP, and is listed as a Heartland Institute "global warming expert" and an advisor to the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition[1]


Under de Freitas's editorship of Climate Research (journal), several poor quality contrarian papers were published, that he had shepherded through the peer review process; half the journal's editors ended up resigning in protest at the lax editorial policies that had permitted these papers to slip through and the publisher's unwillingness to enforce suitably stringent ones. [2] De Freitas doesn't accept that extreme weather events are linked to human induced climate change [3]

Chris de Freitas was a reviewer of Working Group I of the second and third assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change[4]


  • "I do not dispute that the carbon dioxide rise in the atmosphere is largely from the use of fossil fuels"
  • "It is unlikely that the man-made changes are drivers of significant climate variation"[5]

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  2. Clare Goodess (2003-11). Stormy Times for Climate Research. SGR. Retrieved on 2009-12-26. “...Hans von Storch and I were also aware of three earlier Climate Research papers about which people had raised concerns over the review process. In all these cases, de Freitas had had editorial responsibility.”
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