International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


4th I‘C’CC: who are these people?

cite as: F. Bi. 2009. 4th I‘C’CC: who are these people? Intl. J. Inact., 2:86

While looking at the Heartland Institute’s list of hitherto confirmed speakers for its coming Fourth International ‘Conference’ on Climate Change [cached], I saw the following names which were unfamiliar to me:

  • Helen Roe, Queens University of Belfast
  • Gary Sharp, Center for Climate/Oceans Resources Study
  • Graeme T. Swindles, University of Bradford

Does anyone happen to know who these folks are, and why they’re willing to associate themselves with an organization like the conspiracy-theorizing Heartland Institute? I’m really curious to know.



  1. Doing a search I found:
    Graeme Swindles, lecturer and researcher in physical geography and archaeology.

    Both seem normal academics, indeed Helen gets grant funding to do research, which means I guess, she is on the conspiracy gravy train?

    Comment by Anarchist606 — 2009/09/08 @ 08:13 | Reply

  2. Anarchist606:

    Both seem normal academics, indeed Helen gets grant funding to do research,

    That makes it even weirder. Perhaps, as Eamon said, they’re speaking at the Heartland ‘conference’ because they’re unaware of Heartland’s reputation?

    Makes me wonder, should we send an e-mail to the two of them to tell them that Heartland is comprised of people saying crazy things?

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/09/08 @ 09:35 | Reply

  3. Gary D. Sharp at least knows exactly what he is gettting into given this sourcewatch piece
    and his ‘Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study’ is likely just another name for him given that this sprawling reseach institute seems to have no record of any work, and not even a website, and shares the same address as Sharp’s home
    He’s a Crichton fan
    need I say more? although his personal site is a curious mishmash
    although there is this 2003 FAO document

    Comment by greenfyre — 2009/09/09 @ 17:00 | Reply

  4. greenfyre:

    Wow. Anyone who in all seriousness calls his personal website the “Center for Climate/Ocean Resorces Study” is clearly trying to secure a niche in crankdom…

    Also, the FAO link refuses to load (connection reset) for some reason.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/09/09 @ 17:37 | Reply

  5. Frank: I’ve archived it for ya.

    It begins with the following abstract:

    First, issues of Global Change versus Global Warming are discussed. The larger perspective is presented of earth as a warm, wet planet, that experiences frequent cold periods via climate history graphics of Earth’s recent million years of climate variation, from paleoclimate research. The hydrological cycle is described, and its relevance to fisheries is made clear. Climate-related dynamics have had serious consequences in evolution of species, society and fisheries variability. Both production variabilities and changes in vulnerability due to constant dynamics of ocean motion affects are described. The records available for major fisheries are interpreted as we understand them from a century of in-depth research and analysis of various proxies, in particular, bioindicators. The history of climate as it relates to fisheries is addressed. The various spatial and temporal scales that are reflected in fisheries responses are described in an attempt to isolate weather from climate, or other events. Regional ecological responses to climate change are reviewed. Examples are given for the main ocean ecosystems, as defined by seasonal thermal properties. Synchrony and systematic transitions are discussed. Several forecast approaches are described, and their similar conclusions merged to provide a realistic expectation over the next few decades, and beyond. Likely impacts are ranked by fishery system type, and coping measures identified, where they are known, emphasizing the role of humans in habitat protection and maintenance of options.

    Comment by Brian D — 2009/09/11 @ 05:03 | Reply

  6. Brian D:

    When WebCite tried to archive the page, it received a Page Not Found error from the website concerned.


    greenfyre’s link works now, so I’ve tried to make another archive of it.

    Still, thanks. 🙂

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/09/13 @ 11:32 | Reply

  7. There’s more than one Helen Roe.
    I found an interesting one who is a hr adviser at a company called Interconnector UK.
    They happen to be in the oil and energy industry.
    This Helen is a Chartered MCIPD and her education is listed as post graduate diploma HRM.
    But I don’t know from where the diploma was obtained.
    Queens in Belfast perhaps?
    Or perhaps Heartland is mixing the two up?

    Comment by TomG — 2009/09/14 @ 05:33 | Reply

  8. Forgot the Helen Roe link.

    Comment by TomG — 2009/09/14 @ 05:56 | Reply


    No more…I’m going to bed.

    Comment by TomG — 2009/09/14 @ 06:35 | Reply

  10. TomG:

    Now I’m confused.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/09/16 @ 06:08 | Reply

  11. Yeah me too.
    If you check out the Dr Helen Roe at Queens University of Belfast at the University site there is a picture of her. In fact Dr Roe has her own site complete with picture.
    Now go to the Heartland’s list of speakers and compare the picture they have of Helen Roe to the University picture and the picture at Dr Roe’s site.
    What do you think?

    Comment by TomG — 2009/09/17 @ 04:29 | Reply

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