Bob Carter


Bob Carter


  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge, Palaeontology, 1968.
  • B.Sc. (Hons), University of Otago, Geology, 1963.

Source: [1]


Robert (Bob) Carter is a former research professor at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia, and advisor to multiple climate science denial organisations around the world. He was head of the university's School of Earth Sciences between 1981 and 1999 and then held unpaid adjunct professorial positions. In January 2013 the university allowed his adjunct status to lapse, citing lack of input into the university. He is a marine geologist and environmental scientist. [2]

In response to claims made by Carter that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had not uncovered evidence that global warming was caused by human activity, a former CSIRO climate scientist stated that Carter was not a credible source on climate change and that “if he [Carter] has any evidence that [global warming over the past 100 years] is a natural variability he should publish through the peer review process.”

Carter has written numerous newspaper articles primarily for UK and Australian newspapers that attempt to disprove global warming. He has also written two books.

In reference to his involvement with the Institute for Public Affairs (IPA), Carter stated in a March 15, 2007 Sydney Morning Herald article: “I don't think it is the point whether you are paid by the coal or petroleum industry.” [3]

According to leaked documents Carter receives $1,667 a month from the Heartland Institute, an organization with an intense focus on climate change skepticism. Carter was to be paid for his work as a co-author and editor on Heartland's Non Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) reports.

Carter was a co-editor on the 2011 “InterimNIPCC report and is a co-editor and author of the 2013 NIPCC report Climate Change Reconsidered II, timed to coincide with the release of the United Nation's fifth major IPCC report on climate change.

Stance on Climate Change

“There IS a problem with global warming… . it stopped in 1998… . That industrial carbon dioxide is not the primary cause of earth's recent decadal-scale temperature changes doesn't seem at all odd to many thousands of independent scientists. They have long appreciated - ever since the early 1990s, when the global warming bandwagon first started to roll behind the gravy train of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - that such short-term climate fluctuations are chiefly of natural origin.” [4]

Key Quotes

“The first thing to be clear about is that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.” [5]

“contrary to strong public belief, the effects of increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are generally beneficial. Enhanced plant growth has many obvious benefits, amongst them increased natural vegetation growth in general, and increased agricultural production in particular. And to maintain or slightly increase planetary temperature is also very much a global good if – as Ruddiman and other scientists assert – the human production of greenhouse gases is helping to hold our planetary environment in its historic, benignly warm, interglacial mode.” [5]

“…the empirical data stressed by climate rationalists will ultimately prevail over the predictions of the unvalidated computer models. Perhaps then we will be able to attend to the real climate policy problem, which is to prepare response plans for extreme weather events, and for climate warmings as well as coolings, in the same way we prepare to cope with all other natural hazards.” [6]

Key Deeds

July 7 - 9, 2014

Bob Carter was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas, Nevada. [18]

DeSmogBlog has done in-depth research on the other speakers and sponsors from Heartland's ICCC9, which can be found here.

May 21 - 23, 2012

Bob Carter was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 7th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7).

DeSmogBlog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland's ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.

Heartland's president Joe Bast revealed at the end of the conference that the Institute has no plans for future ICCCs. This could be in part due to the defections of corporate sponsors following Heartland's the unintended release of their confidential documents and its unsuccessful Unabomber billboard campaignCarter was one of the few people to have subsequently backed Heartland's decision to run the billboard campaign.

June 30, 2011

Carter was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 6th International Conference on Climate Change. [2]

March 30, 2009

Carter's signature appears on a full-page ad funded by the CATO institute that appeared in numerous newspapers including the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune in 2009.

The advertisement objects to President Obama's declaration that “few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change” and claims that “there has been no net global warming for over a decade” and that the dangers of global warming are “grossly overstated.” [7]

March, 2009

Carter was a speaker at the 2009 International Conference on climate Change. [8]

The conference was hosted by the industry-funded Heartland Institute and focuses on “research that contradicts claims that Earth’s moderate warming during the twentieth century primarily was man-made and has reached crisis proportions.”

March 8, 2007

Carter was listed on the “panel” for The Great Global Warming Swindle as a climate change skeptic.

In an interview with ABC, Carter describes how “increasing [carbon dioxide] in the atmosphere is actually a benefit to human kind.” [9]

The Great Global Warming Swindle received critical response from the scientific community, including a letter to ABC that was signed by thirty-seven British Scientists who claimed “the misrepresentations of facts and views, both of which occur in your programme, are so serious that repeat broadcasts of the programme, without amendment, are not in the public interest. In view of the seriousness of climate change as an issue, it is crucial that public debate about it is balanced and well-informed.” [10]

In an interview between ABC Australia’s Tony Jones and the film’s director Martin Durkin, The Great Global Warming Swindle’s validity and scientific accuracy were also put into question. 

Feb 5, 2007

Carter is listed as a “expert reviewer” of the Independent Summary for Policymakers (ISPM), essentially a critical review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report. [11]

The ISPM is published by the industry-supported Fraser Institute which received over $60,000 from ExxonMobil and which is also financially-supported by several tobacco companies including Philip Morris and British American Tobacco.



According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Carter has published over 50 original research in peer-reviewed journals mainly in the area of stratigraphy, the study of rock layers and layering. Carter's articles on global warming have largely appeared in economics journals, rather than mainstream science journals. 

Carter has written many opinion columns on climate change, with several published in the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Australian newspaper and minor Australian publication Quadrant. He has written two books sceptical of the science of human-caused global warming.

The first, Climate: The Counter Consensus, was published in July 2010. Reviewing the book, Australian climate scientist David Karoly said Dr Carter lived in a world where “it is OK to select any evidence that supports your ideas and ignore all other evidence”. Leading New Zealand climate scientist Dr James Renwick said the book was “a curious read, full of misinformation, straw-man arguments, and poorly-documented assertions.”

His second book, Taxing Air: Facts & Falacies About Climate Change, was released in May 2013 and was co-written with cartoonist John Spooner and fellow sceptics Bill Kininmonth, Martin Feil, Stewart Franks and Bryan Leyland. The Institute of Public Affairs sent copies of the book to Australian Members of Parliament and hosted a launch event. Australian mathematical physicist Ian Enting, author of the Australian Mathematical Scences Institute book Twisted: The distorted mathematics of greenhouse denial, has analysed the book, describing it as being characterised by “half-truths and slanted misrepresentation” and “appalling hypocrisy”.

A list of Carter's publications is available on his website

Sample Articles:

  • R.M. Carter, C.R. De Freitas, I.M. Goklany, D. Holland, and R.S. Lindzen. “Climate science and the Stern Review,” (PDF) World Economics, 8 (2007), 161-182.


  1. Profile: Robert M. Carter,” accessed November 30, 2011.

  2. Robert 'Bob' Carter: 6th International Conference on Climate Change,” the Heartland Institute.

  3. Wendy Frew. “Minchin denies climate change man-made,” The Sydney Morning Herald, March 15, 2007. Archived March 1, 2012 with WebCite.

  4. Bob Carter. “There IS a problem with global warming… it stopped in 1998,” The Telegraph, April 9, 2006.

  5. Clearing the Air,” TCS Daily, May 5, 2004. Archived May 14, 2007.

  6. Bob Carter: British report the last hurrah of warmaholics,” The Australian, November 3, 2006.

  7. Climate Change Reality,” The Cato Institute.

  8. Heartland-2 session three,” Quadrant Online, March 11, 2009.

  9. Climate Change Response” (Transcript), ABC, April 11, 2005. Archived January 17, 2006.

  10. The Great Global Warming Swindle: open letter to Martin Durkin from 37 signatories (April 2007),” Climate of Denial, April 24, 2007.

  11. Independent Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (Working Group I),” Retrieved from Ross Mckitrick's homepage at the University of Guelph, March 1, 2012.

  12. People & Associates: Bob Carter,” Institute of Public Affairs. Accessed November 30, 2011.

  13. Bob Carter,” SourceWatch Profile.

  14. Experts,” ICECAP. Accessed January, 2012.

  15. Experts: Robert M. Carter,” The Heartland Institute. Accessed May, 2012.

  16. ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Bob Carter.

  17. Deniers:Scientists:Bob Carter,” ExxonSecrets Wiki.

  18. Return of Climate Denial-a-Palooza: Heartland Institute Hitches Anti-Science Wagon to Vegas FreedomFest,” DeSmogBlog, July 7, 2014. Archived July 14, 2014.