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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 rangerdavid on 7/18/2008 10:47:35 AM , Rating: 5

DailyTech Blog = FAIL.

This is why blogs are terrible sources of information. Go to the APS.org webiste. You'll see this opinion is expressed by a single paper submitted to the organization, not the organization itself.


RE: How many more nails?
By grenableu on 7/18/2008 12:51:18 PM , Rating: 2
A single paper...you don't read very well, do you?


RE: How many more nails?
By YEYO on 7/18/2008 2:04:32 PM , Rating: 1
Thanks guys. We killed this story. Drudge Report removed this from their site. Now they stand corrected.

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RE: How many more nails?
By The Night Owl on 7/18/2008 2:21:35 PM , Rating: 5
The damage has already been done.

Mr. Asher is single-handedly making Daily Tech a website for stupid people.


RE: How many more nails?
By YEYO on 7/18/2008 2:46:11 PM , Rating: 2
Don't give up Night Owl. Is our duty to promote the idea of a cleaner planet, by debunking false information that appears in any news media outlet. That's the only way we're going to be able to fight the misinformation agenda of some big companies that might loose money if the government put in place CO2 regulations.

Non the less is now obvious for many people in the government and private sector that fighting global warming is going to bring many economic advantages in the future.


RE: How many more nails?
By kbehrens on 7/18/2008 8:37:55 PM , Rating: 3
The "big companies" are gaining money from CO2 emission restrictions. Carbon credits are now a multi billion dollar industry, and big business is making a fortune off government subsidizies on biofuels, wind, solar, and other schemes. The people that are paying the price are you and me.

Meanwhile, China is now putting out more CO2 than the US. In 20 years, it'll put out more than the US and Europe combined.


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