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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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Holy Batman!
By Eri Hyva on 7/18/2008 2:53:40 PM , Rating: 1
Hey everyone, please use 5min of your life to check this, it's really worth it. Nasher's distinguished source Lord Monckton of Brenchley... Well, what can you say.,...

and like Plughead told already:,,1...

This is priceless!!!! What a clown!!! No degree in science, whatsoever. And he is "challenging" hundreds of physicists.

And his main income seems to creating jigsaws and sudokus.... Wow. But
he is reportedly known to his nieces and nephews as 'Mr Knowledge'

You two funny brothers, Michael and Christopher, Monckton is a "journalist", too. At least he has a diploma in journalism. And a degree in classics. That's all his "scientific" background.

I have been laughing for a half an hour reading through different gems from Monckton (links in wiki)

An aristocrat from England with too much time available. Kind of sad. Or. Very. Funny.

Holy cow.

Hey Asher, a good time for a summer holiday? And apologies for lowest quality "journalism"? Waste of everyone's time.

RE: Holy Batman!
By YEYO on 7/18/2008 3:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
Good job Eri. Keep it up.

RE: Holy Batman!
By The Night Owl on 7/18/2008 3:08:12 PM , Rating: 3
Wow! And here I thought that Roy Spencer, who once wrote that Intelligent Design is no less scientific than the theory of evolution, is the silliest of the bunch and along comes Lord Monkeypants.

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