Josef Reichholf

Josef H. Reichholf


  • Dr. rer.nat. (Doctorate of Science), Ludwig-Maximilians University (1969). [1]


Josef H (Helmut) Reicholf is a German zoologist, evolutionary biologist and ecologist. He was an Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Munich from 1974 to 2010, has headed the State Zoological Collection in Munich, and is a past board member of WWF Germany. Reicholf is of the view that global warming would be beneficial to mankind, a view that he describes in his book False Prophets. [2], [3], [4]

Reichholf studied biology, chemistry, geography and tropical medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, obtaining a doctorate of science in 1969. [1]

German oceanographer and climatologist Stefan Rahmstorf has criticized Reichholf's claims about climate change. He described a number of “misleading climate curves” used by Reichholf, and suggests that there is “ample evidence of his lack of understanding of basic relationships in the climate system.” [5]

Stance on Climate Change

”[…] it seems likely that the [global] warming is beneficial to biodiversity. There is a clear link between biodiversity and temperature. […] Just to feed a growing population on this planet, we should wish for a warmer climate. For in the warm regions of [the Earth,] the effort is much less to survive.

“Personally, I'm even looking forward to a milder climate. […] Biologically speaking, we are children of the tropics. Wherever man lives, he artificially creates tropical living conditions. [2]

Key Quotes

“And it is completely wrong, as is often argued, is that it would have never been as warm as today. This is absurd: 120,000 years ago, there were hippos along the Rhine and the Thames. This data should be evaluated before you exaggerate the current figures on horror scenarios. In addition, and in retrospect of the past thousand years makes it abundantly clear: it was the cold times in which we and other parts of the world have been hit by major disasters. Not the warm periods.” [6]

“A warmer climate helps promote species diversity.” [7]

“In warmer regions, it takes far less effort to ensure survival. How did the polar bear survive the last warm period? Whether bears survive will depend on human beings, not the climate.” [8]

Key Deeds

November/December, 2012

Josef Reichholf was a speaker (PDF) at the combination event of the eighth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-8) and Fifth International Conference on Climate and Energy (ICCE-5) sponsored by both the Heartland Institute and EIKE. His speech is titled “Climate Change – Good or Bad?” [9]

January 27, 2010

Josef Reichholf appeared before European Parliament for a public hearing on EU agriculture and climate change. He presented on “Impact of climate change on plant and animal health: some elements for debate.” [10]


  • Committee for Ecology of the Bavarian Academy of Science


Reichholf claims to have “published hundreds of scientific papers and written more than three dozen popular books on biology, ecology or evolution or coauthored.” [3]

While a search of Google Scholar confirms this, it also reveals that Josef Reichholf has not published any articles in peer-reviewed journals directly on the subject of climate change.

Books and other works: (Names Translated from German)

  • Unicorn, phoenix, dragon: Where do our mythical beasts. Frankfurt / Main: Fischer, 2012, ISBN 3-10-062948-5
  • The mystery of the green rose and other surprises in the life of plants and animals. London: Blackwell Publishing, 2011, ISBN 978-3-86581-194-3
  • Natural History (s): About fitte coots, beaver with a migration background and why we want the environment in balance. München: Knaus, 2011, ISBN 978-3-8135-0378-4 . [25]
  • The Origin of Beauty: Darwin's greatest dilemma. Munich: CH Beck, 2011, ISBN 978-3-406-58713-9
  • Conservation: Crisis and future. Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-518-26031-9
  • Rabenschwarze intelligence: What can we learn from crows. Munich: Herbig, 2009, ISBN 3-7766-2600-3
  • Why people were sedentary: The biggest mystery of our history by S. Fischer, 2008, ISBN 978-3-10-062943-2
  • End of biodiversity? Endangerment and destruction of biodiversity (Editor Klaus Wiegand) by Fischer (Tb), Frankfurt, 2008
  • Stable imbalances: The ecology of the future. Suhrkamp, ​​2008
  • Bear on the Run: A Critical Report on the survival of our large animals. Munich: Herbig Verlag, 2007, ISBN 978-3-7766-2510-3
  • A brief natural history of the last millennium. Frankfurt / Main: Fischer, 2007, ISBN 3-10-062942-6
  • Urban Nature. London: Blackwell Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-3-86581-042-7
  • The future of the species. Munich: CH Beck, 2005, ISBN 3-406-52786-8
  • The dance around the golden calf: the Ökokolonialismus Europe. Berlin: New Press, 2004, ISBN 3-8031-3615-6
  • The false prophets: our desire to disasters. Berlin: New Press, 2002, ISBN 3-8031-2442-5
  • Why do we want to win: sporting ambition as a driving force in the evolution of man. Munich: dtv, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-423-24271-X
  • The Blue Planet: Introduction to Ecology. Munich: dtv, 1998
  • The mystery of the Incarnation. Munich: dtv, 1997
  • The creative impulse: a new view of evolution. Munich dtv, 1992
  • Success principle locomotion. DTV, 1992
  • The Tropical Rain Forest. The Ökobiologie the richest natural environment of the earth. DTV, 1990


  1. Josef Reichholf,” Academia Engelberg. Accessed November 18, 2012.

  2. We are children of the tropics,” Der Spiegel, Issue 19, 2007.

  3. WER SICH IRRT, SOLL ZAHLEN!”, bild der wissenschaft Online, 10/2008, page 42 - Life & Environment.

  4. Reiner Klingholz. “Everything flows - even for good,” Zeit Online, 2002.

  5. Everything climate hysteria?”, Universitas, September, 2007. Republished at the Home Page of Stefan Rahmstorf.

  6. “Historically, warm periods good times,”, April 18, 2007. Translated from German.

  7. Dennis Avery. “Germans tried to warn us of Climate Fraud,” Canada Free Press, November 29, 2009.

  8. A Review of 2012 Climate Change Issues,” Right Side News, November 3, 2012.

  9. “8th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC-8): V International Conference on Climate and Energy (ICCE-5). Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, November 30 – December 1, 2012” (PDF) retrieved from on November, 2012.

  10. “Draft Agenda: Public hearing on EU agriculture and Climate Change” (PDF), Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

  11. Josef H. Reichholf,” Wikipedia.