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Viscount Monckton gives a presentation during the 2007 Conference on Climate Change
"Considerable presence" of skeptics

Updated 7/17/2008

After publication of this story, the APS responded with a  statement that its Physics and Society Forum is merely one unit within the APS, and its views do not reflect those of the Society at large. 

The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming.  The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science.  The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming "incontrovertible."

In a posting to the APS forum, editor Jeffrey Marque explains,"There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution."

The APS is opening its debate with the publication of a paper by Lord Monckton of Brenchley, which concludes that climate sensitivity -- the rate of temperature change a given amount of greenhouse gas will cause -- has been grossly overstated by IPCC modeling.   A low sensitivity implies additional atmospheric CO2 will have little effect on global climate.

Larry Gould, Professor of Physics at the University of Hartford and Chairman of the New England Section of the APS, called Monckton's paper an "expose of the IPCC that details numerous exaggerations and "extensive errors"

In an email to DailyTech, Monckton says, "I was dismayed to discover that the IPCC's 2001 and 2007 reports did not devote chapters to the central 'climate sensitivity' question, and did not explain in proper, systematic detail the methods by which they evaluated it. When I began to investigate, it seemed that the IPCC was deliberately concealing and obscuring its method." 

According to Monckton, there is substantial support for his results, "in the peer-reviewed literature, most articles on climate sensitivity conclude, as I have done, that climate sensitivity must be harmlessly low."

Monckton, who was the science advisor to Britain's Thatcher administration, says natural variability is the cause of most of the Earth's recent warming.   "In the past 70 years the Sun was more active than at almost any other time in the past 11,400 years ... Mars, Jupiter, Neptune’s largest moon, and Pluto warmed at the same time as Earth."

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The Kool Aid is Good
By gmw1082 on 7/17/2008 7:46:18 AM , Rating: 1
When will all you global warming deniers accept the truth that human are causing the problem? We need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere before we all bake to death. Also I heard dihydrogen monoxide is a much worse greenhouse gas so we need to eliminate that as well. Can't you see the world will be a much better place when everything runs on sunshine and dreams?

/sarcasm for those who are dense.

RE: The Kool Aid is Good
By Fox5 on 7/17/2008 8:11:37 AM , Rating: 2
H2O is apparently a pretty bad green house gas.

RE: The Kool Aid is Good
By myhipsi on 7/17/2008 10:27:37 AM , Rating: 2
Your right, water vapour is actually 3 to 4 times more potent a green house gas as C02 is. What we all really need to do is stop breathing, after all we exhale water vapour and CO2, a potent concoction of green house gas.

RE: The Kool Aid is Good
By plinkplonk on 7/17/2008 1:05:30 PM , Rating: 2
furthermore cows either need to stop farting or we need to eat them all, all that deadly methane :(

RE: The Kool Aid is Good
By Denigrate on 7/17/2008 3:39:04 PM , Rating: 2
I vote for eating them all. Of course, we won't get there because they keep reproducing, but we can sure try! Mmmm, Cow!

RE: The Kool Aid is Good
By Jorik on 7/17/2008 7:42:05 PM , Rating: 2
or we could attach auto-igniters to their tails to burn off the methane... ;-)

RE: The Kool Aid is Good
By calvin0007 on 7/18/2008 6:50:20 AM , Rating: 2
I like your idea... It could be worth a million dollars. Better patent it before the gure of global warming (Al Gore) does.

RE: The Kool Aid is Good
By FITCamaro on 7/17/2008 8:41:49 AM , Rating: 2
I personally think we could power the country off the hot air politicians and the media spew out their various orifices.

RE: The Kool Aid is Good
By fictisiousname on 7/17/2008 9:38:18 AM , Rating: 4
True. And the brilliance behind the plan to build a wind farm in Ted Kennedy's back yard. You did notice HE wasn't too keen on that idea?

BTW, and off topic, Ted didn't follow the protocol prescribed in his Universal Health Care initiative when HE needed health care.

RE: The Kool Aid is Good
By porkpie on 7/17/2008 9:47:01 AM , Rating: 3
There actually are a few environmentalists that believe in what they preach. Like the Unabomer, Ted Kaczynski.

Grow all your own food, live out in the middle of nowhere in a shack without electricity or power . . . and send pipe bombs to anyone whose carbon footprint is too large!

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