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Top scientist urges climate change deniers to give in

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Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2013 12:41 AM by AlexMuller

The Government’s chief scientific advisor has challenged climate sceptics to drop their denial of global warming in the face of overwhelming evidence that it poses “an extremely important threat to us”.

 
Sir Mark Walport said a section of the general public was increasingly doubtful about the existence of climate change and mankind’s responsibility for it in the face of the global economic downturn, sceptical media coverage and “climate fatigue”.
 
“The [climate sceptics] discussion misses the point, that there is a right answer to the question of whether the climate is changing and whether there is a significant human cause to that,” Sir Mark told The Independent.
 
“This is not something on which human beings can vote, it’s not your opinion that matters, it is actually the truth of it, there is a correct answer. While there are many questions we can vote on, this is not one,” he added.
 
“What makes this easy for a chief scientist is that so much rigorous work has gone on around the globe to get an agreed statement on the basis of extremely rigorous science….Clearly climate change is an extremely important threat to us,” Sir Mark said.
 
He said it was “obviously completely ridiculous” to deal with the reality of climate change by denying the science.
 
Asked if last week’s report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggested that global warming posed a significant threat, Sir Mark said: “It’s a very significant challenge, that would be obvious to anyone I think.”
 
Sir Mark declined to comment on Environment Secretary Owen Paterson’s response to the IPCC report, but his reading of it is clearly at odds with Mr Paterson’s.
 
Mr Paterson said this week that “People get very emotional about this subject and I think we should just accept that the climate has been changing for centuries…I see this report as something we need to take seriously but I am relieved it is not as catastrophic in its forecast as we had been led to believe early on. What it is saying is that it is something we can adapt to over time, and we are very good as a race at adapting.”


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-21
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You do not have to be a scientist to figure out that the world around us is getting warmer. It just takes common sense and to be aware of your surroundings. I think this article is right, that if more people would acknowledge the fact that the earth is warming, maybe something would get done about it sooner than later. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-21
+3
The article states, " whether there is a significant human cause to that," At least they are admitting that the science community that believes in global warming does not know the exact cause. Maybe they will never find out for sure. Winters are shorter and shorter and this you can see for yourself every year. The tempertures do not drop as low as when I was a kid. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-10-21
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When I was younger we lived near a 500 acre lake and it would freeze solid every winter. You could drive trucks across it and snowmobiles. It has never frozen solid again. I agree with this article that if there were more people on board and collaborating with each other more could get done. Reply


 

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