The European Science and Environment Forum ( ESEF ), now defunct, called itself „an independent, non-profit-making alliance of scientists whose aim is to ensure that scientific debates are properly aired, and that decisions which are taken, and which action is proposed, are founded on sound scientific principles. “ Typically this manifested itself in questioning the science of which environmental safety regulations are based.
The Forum was linked, via shared staff (Julian Morris and Roger Bate) and shared web server, to the International Policy Network and the Sustainable Development Network . The most prominent academic members have been known for global warming and the relationship between Chloro Fluoro Carbon and CFCs gold and ozone depletion .
In 1996, Roger Bate approached RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company for a grant of £ 50,000 to a book on risk, containing a chapter on passive smoking  , but the grant was denied and the money was never received. In 1997, the ESEF published What Risk? Science, Politics and Public Health , edited by Roger Bate
In 1998 the Academic Members of ESEF included Bruce Ames , Sallie Baliunas , Robert Balling , Jack Barrett, CJF Böttcher, Peter Dietze, Tor Ragnar Gerholm, Gerhard Gerlich, Sherwood Idso , Helmut Metzner , Patrick J. Michaels, William Mitchell, Harry NA Priem , Michel Salomon, S. Fred Singer , Willie Soon , Wolfgang Thum, and Gerd-Rainer Weber, while Richard S. Courtney and Michael Gough were Business Members.
According to Bate, the „vast majority“ of the organizations funding from the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust and the Marit and Hans Rausing Foundation. 
Global warming skeptics
- Jump up^ Bate, Roger (24 May 2008). „DDT works“ . Prospect Magazine (146).