Heartland Institute Follows Paris COP-21 Success with Climate Conference in Germany

Published December 9, 2015

11th International Conference on Climate Change takes place December 11–12 in Essen

The Heartland Institute will follows up its successful trip to Paris for the United Nations’ COP-21 – at which some of the world’s leading climate scientists and policy experts made international news with the “Day of Examining the Data” – with its Eleventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-11). The event is cosponsored with the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE), marking the second time Heartland and EIKE have partnered to host an ICCC.


Eleventh International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-11)


Haus der Technik Hollestraße 1 45127 Essen, Germany


Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 12, 2015


Open to all media. Register here.


Jim Lakely, director of communications, The Heartland Institute: [email protected]

The event is also the Ninth International Conference on Climate and Energy. This is the third time The Heartland Institute has hosted a climate conference outside the United States. The Fifth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-5) was held in Sydney, Australia in 2010; and the Eighth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-8 was held in Munich, Germany with EIKE) in 2012.

“We brought a needed discussion to COP-21 in Paris by putting science before ideology,” said Jim Lakely, director of communications at The Heartland Institute. “That conversation continues, in longer form, with another great program with world-renowned scientists and policy experts in Essen. We’re proud to co-host this conference with our friends at EIKE.”

Heartland Senior Fellow and Vice President James Taylor will present a talk on “green” lobby groups in the United States and Europe, and Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr will present on the “Environmental and Economic Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing.” They will be joined by many prominent international scientists and experts, including:

  • Dr. Dieter Ameling, former president, Business Association Steel
  • Dr. Charles-Beat Blankart, Humbolt University, Berlin
  • Dr. Susan Cockroft, evolutionary biologist, University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Eigil Friis-Christensen, National Space Institute, Denmark
  • Dr. Horst Ludecke, European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE)
  • Viscount Christopher Monckton, chief policy advisor to the Science and Public Policy Institute
  • Wolfgang Müller, general secretary, European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE)
  • Dr. Gernot Patzelt, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • KlausEckart Puls, former head of weather offices in Leipzig and Essen
  • Dr. Tom Segalstad, associate professor of resource and environmental geology, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Dr. Nir Shaviv, Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Dr. Willie Soon, astrophysicist and geoscientist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Dr. Henrik Svensmark, Centre for Sun-Climate Research, Danish National Space Centre
  • Dr. Holder Thuss, president, European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE)

The Heartland Institute has hosted ten previous International Conferences on Climate Change, the most recent in Washington, DC in June 2015. The events are the largest gatherings of global warming realists held in the world. More information on those previous conferences – including videos of more than 100 presentations – can be found at the ICCC website.

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“The scientific evidence grows stronger every year that greenhouse gas emissions are having modest and beneficial impacts on global climate,” said James Taylor, senior fellow for environment policy and vice president for external relations at The Heartland Institute. “Just days after the United Nations hosts a conference in Paris to create a political document addressing a nonexistent crisis, experts from around the world will present a more realistic perspective in Essen, Germany. The UN in Paris appealed to the lowest common denominator – unjustified fear – while ICCC-11 in Essen will appeal to the highest common denominator: science.”

“Hydraulic fracturing has transformed the energy outlook in the United States from one of scarcity to one of abundance,” said Isaac Orr, research fellow at The Heartland Institute. “Many European nations also have the potential to employ this safe technique that has been used in the United States for decades, but misinformation and unjustified concern about the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing have led European governments to prohibit the practice.

“I look forward to the opportunity to explain the basics of ‘fracking,’ clear up some of the misconceptions people have about the practice, and discuss the economic benefits of energy development,” Orr added.

The Heartland Institute is a 31-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.