What you need to know about climate change and other related weather/climate matters
Sunset from a cruise ship near Albany, Western Australia   Photo; John  Maunder
...there is nothing new under the sun"    ECCLESIASTES 1:9        



The partial solar eclipse as viewed from Press House through a telescope on November 14, 2012. Photo: TOBIN/Fairfax NZ

 The information given on this web page, and the other pages given below, is provided by Dr John Maunder,  President of the Commission for Climatology of the World Meteorological Organization from 1989 to 1997, who over the last 55 years has been involved in the "weather business" in various countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, US, Ireland, Switzerland, and the UK , through activities in national weather services, universities  and international organizations, and publications including four books : "The Value of the Weather" (1970), "The Uncertainty Business - Risks and Opportunties in Weather and Climate" (1986), "The Human Impact of Climate Uncertainty - Weather Information, Economic Planning, and Business Management " (1989), and the "Dictionary of Global Climate Change" (1994). The information is prepared so as to provide a "need to know" background on climate change, and "global warming" with the aim to promote a better understanding of this complex matter.

Among other things the author was the only New Zealander invited, along with 100 other experts, to the "original" international conference on ".., the role of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in climate variations and associated aspects " held in Villach, Austria in October 1985. The findings of this conference led to the development in 1988 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  (IPCC).

  • There are a variety of viewpoints on this subject (covering the full range from those who consider that we ARE the weather makers, to those who consider that we are NOT the weather makers and that  climate change is mainly a natural event).  I have provided web links to a selection of what I consider to be relevant sites, covering all sides of this complex matter.

    Updated: May 15, 2013

    For a direct link to my web page on "Climate Risks and Benefits" see 


    *This phrase with a minor change is given in a NASA release on "New Solar Cycle Prediction" on May 29 2009 (see