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FACTSHEET: Chris DeFreitas

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Associate Professor at the School of Georgraphy and Environmental Science, University of Auckland.
Deputy Dean of Science, Aukland Head of Science and Technology, Aukland Pro Vice Chancellor , Aukland Vice President of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand founding member of the Australia-New Zealand Climate Forum Executive Board of the International Society of Biometeorology from 1999-2001.

During his time at the University of Auckland, de Freitas has served as Deputy Dean of Science, Head of Science and Technology and four years as Pro Vice Chancellor. He has been Vice President of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand and is a founding member of the Australia New Zealand Climate Forum. Formerly an editor of the international journal Climate Research. From 1999-2001, he served on the Executive Board of the International Society of Biometeorology.

Formerly one of the editors of a journal called "Climate Research," de Freitas was involved in a controversy surrounding a research article co-authored by Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon. The article reviewed previous scientific papers and came to the conclusion that climate hasn't changed in the last 2000 years. But 13 of the authors of the papers Baliunas and Soon cited refuted her interpretation of their work, and several editors of Climate Research resigned in protest at a flawed peer review process which allowed the publication.

De Freitas received both his Bachelors and his Masters at the University of Toronto, Canada, after which he earned his Ph.D. as a Commonwealth Scholar from the University of Queensland, Australia. During his time at the University of Auckland, he has served as Deputy Dean of Science, Head of Science and Technology, and for four years as Pro Vice Chancellor. He is Vice President of the Meteorological Society of New Zealand and is a founding member of the Australia-New Zealand Climate Forum as well as serving on the Executive Board of the International Society of Biometeorology from 1999-2001. He has written extensively in popular media on an array of environmental and climate-related issues. The New Zealand Association of Scientists has made him a four-time recipient of their Science Communicator Award

KEY DEEDS

In early 2003, Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas submitted a controversial paper to de Freitas for publication in the journal Climate Research. His decision to publish the article sparked heated debate and controversy, resulting in the resignation of half of the journal's editors.
Source: Scientific American (2006)

DEEDS

25 October, 2006
One of several scientists submiting amicus brief organized by Competitive Enterprise Institute on Carbon Dioxide pollution case before Supreme Court
Source: Amici Curiae Brief on CO2 case

ORGANIZATIONS

Climate Research Journal
Source: University of Auckland Bio (2006)

Competitive Enterprise Institute
Source: Amicus brief written by Competitive Enterprise Institute

Heartland Institute
Source: Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition
Source: NZ Climate Science Coalition website

International Climate Science Coalition
Source: ICSC list of who's who

SOURCES

University of Auckland Bio (2006)
http://www.sges.auckland.ac.nz/the_school/our_people/staff_url/cdefreitas/index.htm

Scientific American (2006)
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=000A0746-83A1-1EF7-A6B8809EC588EEDF

Amici Curiae Brief on CO2 case
Amici Curiae Brief of Climatologists and Scientists Sallie Baliunas, John R. Christy, Chris De Freitas, David Legates, Anthony Lupo, Patrick Michaels, Joel Schwartz, and Roy W. Spencer in Support of Respondents. by CEI Staff October 24, 2006
http://www.cei.org/gencon/030,05572.cfm

Amicus brief written by Competitive Enterprise Institute
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, et al., Petitioners, v. U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, et al., Respondents. On Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit AMICI CURIAE BRIEF OF CLIMATOLOGISTS AND SCIENTISTS SALLIE BALIUNAS, JOHN R. CHRISTY, CHRIS DE FREITAS, DAVID LEGATES, ANTHONY LUPO, PATRICK MICHAELS, JOEL SCHWARTZ, AND ROY W. SPENCER IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENTS SAM KAZMAN* HANS BADER CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, #1250 Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 331-2265 *Counsel of Record
http://www.cei.org/pdf/5572.pdf

Heartland Institute - HeartlandGlobalWarming.org
http://www.globalwarmingheartland.org/

NZ Climate Science Coalition website
List of founders, co-founders and advisors.
http://nzclimatescience.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=12&Itemid=45

ICSC list of who's who
http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=28