Deniers are gonna need a helluva lot more denial, if not EXXOM taxpayer subsidies, if they want to even remotely undermine the science these days.
An Open Letter from Scientists in the United States on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Many in the popular press and other media, as well as some in the halls of Congress, are seizing on a few errors that have been found in the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in an attempt to discredit the entire report. None of the handful of mis-statements (out of hundreds and hundreds of unchallenged statements) remotely undermines the conclusion that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal” and that most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-twentieth century is very likely due to observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations.
The significance of IPCC errors has been greatly exaggerated by many sensationalist accounts, but that is no reason to avoid implementing procedures to make the assessment process even better. The public has a right to know the risks of climate change as scientists currently understand them. We are dedicated to working with our colleagues and government in furthering that task.Signed by:
- Gary W. Yohe, Wesleyan University and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
- Stephen H. Schneider, Stanford University
- Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University
- William E. Easterling, Pennsylvania State University
And Allah only knows how many more.