In an interview with a Finnish newspaper last week, Taalas had hit out at what he called climate ‘extremists and doomsters’, and called for a wider range of voices to be heard in the climate debate. (See: SHOCK: Head of World Meteorological Organization slams climate doomsday claims: ‘It is not going to be the end of the world’
In a WMO statement today, Taalas appears to have backtracked from this robust position, saying he had been wrongly portrayed as “questioning the international focus on the need for robust climate action”.
However, GWPF director Benny Peiser says that this is misleading. "Nobody said or reported such as thing. He seems to have come under pressure from activists and is simply confessing his orthodoxy on climate change."