Climate change sceptic Bob Carter dies at 74

Climate-change sceptic Professor Bob Carter has died of a heart attack at his Townsville home aged 74.

Professor Carter, a geologist, was the author of the book Climate: The Counter Consensus (2010) and co-author of Taxing Air: Facts and Fallacies about Climate Change (2013).

He insisted there was no evidence of climate change caused by human activity – and no evidence it was dangerous.

In 2007 he testified in a case in the British High Court that found Al Gore's climate-change film, An Inconvenient Truth, which was an international hit, contained nine errors of fact.

In one of his standard lectures, Carbon Dioxide Does Not Cause Global Warming, Professor Carter presented research that he said showed carbon dioxide levels had been high in the ancient past while temperatures had been low.

He said there had been a global ice age even though carbon dioxide levels were 12 times higher than they are today.

Professor Carter's funeral will be held in Townsville on Monday.

With Lindsey Green

CLARIFICATION: In an earlier version of this story it was wrongly stated that he was removed as head of earth sciences at James Cook University in 2013. He had in fact retired by then.

In 2013 the university did not renew his position as an adjunct professor.

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