Post-modernism and climate change

  • Gerrit Jan van der Lingen Director Geoscience Research and Investigations New Zealand (GRAINZ)


It is an honor to be able to contribute to a special issue of the Journal of the Indian Association of Sedimentologists, in commemoration of our colleague Professor George Devries Klein. As a good geologist, he was critical of the “scientific” way the belief in catastrophic man-made global warming was promoted by the IPCC and its followers (here called the “IPCC narrative”). He was what is sometimes called a “climate skeptic”. In this article I discuss the influence of post-modern philosophy on the IPCC narrative. Postmodernism rejects scientific achievements of the Enlightenment. Any scientific criticism of the IPCC narrative is strongly rejected, even calling climate skeptics criminals. Some skeptics have even lost their jobs. According to the IPCC narrative the science has been settled and no further debate is tolerated. This is of course an anti-science standpoint. Some prominent geologists have been in the forefront of criticizing the IPCC narrative, publishing their scientific objections in many books and articles.  


Keywords: George deVries Klein, Post-modernism, Enlightenment, Climate Change, IPCC, NIPCC.

Dec 31, 2018
How to Cite
VAN DER LINGEN, Gerrit Jan. Post-modernism and climate change. Journal of The Indian Association of Sedimentologists, [S.l.], v. 35, n. 2, p. 6 - 12, dec. 2018. ISSN 0970-3268. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 jan. 2019.