Global Warming Policy Foundation

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Global Warming Policy Foundation
founded in the year 2009
acronym GWPF
City London
Country United Kingdom
address Tufton Street 55
founder Lawson, Peiser
type of institution Think Tank
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Last revision 20.11.2018
Output of Global Warming Policy Foundation 2023
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The following coordinate was not recognized: 51.496290;-0.128180.The following coordinate was not recognized: 51.496290;-0.128180. According to its website: "The Global Warming Policy Foundation was launched by Lord Lawson and Dr Benny Peiser on 23 November 2009 in the House of Lords – in the run-up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit."[1]. Closely related is the Global Policy Forum which "which conducts campaigns and activities which do not fall squarely within the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s remit as an educational charity."[2]

Organizational Structure and Funding


Tufton Street 55


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).

Advisory board

People advising the Think Tank (mainly in scientific questions)

  • Ian Plimer, Ian Plimer is Professor of Mining Geology at the University of Adelaide. He has published 60 academic papers and six books. His latest book, recently published, is entitled Heaven and Earth – Global Warming: The Missing Science.
  • David Whitehouse, David Whitehouse, who has a doctorate in astrophysics, was successively BBC Science Correspondent and Science Editor BBC News Online. He is the author of a number of books on solar system astronomy and the history of astronomy.
  • Fritz Vahrenholt, Fritz Vahrenholt was one of the founders of the environmental movement in Germany. He has served in several public positions with environmental ministries. He is the author of the 2012 bestseller The Neglected Sun and is Chairman of the German Wildlife Trust.
  • Garth Paltridge, Dr Paltridge is an atmospheric physicist and Emeritus Professor at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was a Chief Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Supervisory board

People supervising the Think Tank (mainly in economic questions).

  • Moore Charles, is a former editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator and still writes for both publications. He is the authorised biographer of Margaret Thatcher.
  • Bernard Donoughue, Bernard Donoughue (Labour), Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister (first Harold Wilson, then James Callaghan) 1974-79.
  • Peter Lilley, Peter Lilley is a conservative politician and was an MP from 1983-2017. He was Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Secretary of State for Social Security in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet.
  • Andrew Turnbul, (Crossbench), Permanent Secretary, Environment Department,1994-98; Permanent Secretary to the Treasury 1998-2002, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service 2002-05
  • Graham Stringer, Graham Stringer is a Labour MP. He was the leader of Manchester City Council and the Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office under Tony Blair.
  • Robert Fellowes, Robert Fellowes (Crossbench), Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen 1977-86, Deputy Private Secretary to the Queen 1986-90, Private Secretary to the Queen 1990-9
  • Nigel Lawson, (Chairman). Nigel Lawson (Conservative), Secretary of State for Energy 1981-83, Chancellor of the Exchequer 1983-89, author of An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming, 2008.
  • Emma Nicholson, (Conservative), MP for Devon West and Torridge 1987-97 (first Con, then Lib Dem), former Lib Dem MEP for S E England (1999-2009).
  • Martin Jacomb, Deputy Chairman of Barclays Bank 1985-93, Director of the Bank of England 1986-95.


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