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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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RE: How many more nails?
By quickk on 7/17/2008 6:16:04 PM , Rating: 2
I was pointing out that I find it hilarious when people reply "your an idiot" instead of "you're an idiot."

I wasn't saying that I love to reply "your an idiot."

I guess I should of made that a bit more clear...

RE: How many more nails?
By YEYO on 7/18/2008 5:21:51 AM , Rating: 5
The information in this article is not accurate. In the APS website there's a notice denying this. This view represents only one member opinion that he wrote in an article. In no way it represents de official stand of the APS. The offcial point of view of the APS is that global warming is cause by man made CO2 emissions.

For more info check their website:

RE: How many more nails?
By elgueroloco on 7/25/2008 3:09:43 PM , Rating: 2
The information in the article is quite accurate, you just didn't bother to read it all. It mentions right in the article that the main APS site has disavowed the debate and that it is only taking place within the Physics & Society department. If you go to the post, you will see that they newletter editor is publishing two articles this month, one against MMGW and one for it. It's a debate. Nobody ever said they APS changed its policy.

RE: How many more nails?
By mthrndr on 7/18/2008 11:47:52 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, you should HAVE made it clearer.

RE: How many more nails?
By jbartabas on 7/18/2008 11:51:07 AM , Rating: 2
I guess I should of made that a bit more clear...

It was crystal clear, actually. But you should consider that "your" dealing mostly with idiots around here ...

RE: How many more nails?
By DPercy on 7/24/2008 8:50:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yes JbartAnAss, you're the best idiot of the bunch. Actually, you're mentally sick and should be drugged up in an Instatution. Maybe you're there now.

RE: How many more nails?
By B3an on 7/22/2008 1:01:26 AM , Rating: 2
No it was obvious. He's just an idiot.

"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer

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