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Dr. Ivar Giaever  (Source:
Dr. Ivar Giaever announced his resignation Tuesday, September 13

A well-known physicist has resigned from his position with the American Physical Society (APS) due to its recent policy stating that global warming is real.

Dr. Ivar Giaever, a 1973 Nobel Prize winner in physics and former professor with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, announced his resignation from the APS on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

The APS' official policy supports the theory that human actions have inexorably caused the warming of the Earth through heightened carbon dioxide emissions.

Giaever responded by refusing to pay his annual dues, and writing an email to Kate Kirby, executive officer of the physics society, saying that he disagreed with this policy.

The following is the email sent from Giaever to Kirby on September 13:

From: Ivar Giaever []

Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:42 PM
Cc: Robert H. Austin; 'William Happer'; 'Larry Gould'; 'S. Fred Singer'; Roger Cohen
Subject: I resign from APS

Dear Ms. Kirby

Thank you for your letter inquiring about my membership. I did not renew it because I can not live with the statement below:


Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth's climate. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide as well as methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. They are emitted from fossil fuel combustion and a range of industrial and agricultural processes.

The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring.
If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.

In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this 'warming' period.


Best regards,


Ivar Giaever


Nobel Laureate 1973


PS. I included a copy to a few people in case they feel like using the information.

Ivar Giaever

According to the Wall Street Journal, Giaever announced he was an avid global warming skeptic in 2008, saying that global warming was "becoming a religion."

"I am Norwegian, should I really worry about a little bit of warming?," said Giaever in 2008. "I am unfortunately becoming an old man. We have heard many similar warnings about the acid rain 30 years ago and the ozone hole 10 years ago or deforestation but the humanity is still around. The ozone hole width has peaked in 1993. Moreover, global warming has become a new religion. We frequently hear about the number of scientists who support it. But the number is not important: only whether they are correct is important. We don't really know what the actual effect on the global temperature is. There are better ways to spend the money."

Giaever, who earned his Nobel Prize for his experimental discoveries with tunneling phenomena in superconductors, joined more than 100 signers of a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama criticizing his position on climate change in 2009.

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Weird Bias
By Noritsu on 9/15/2011 5:23:20 PM , Rating: -1
Ah, the DailyTech bias...

It's subtle. Every once in a while an article pops up about a prolific scientist (sometimes in a relevant field of study, sometimes not) and their exceptional opposition to global warming conventions.

I can't really understand the intention. There is an interesting psychology behind using a somewhat credible obscurity (the scientist mentioned).

A while ago I saw a Russian news channel interviewing a Russian symphonic conductor. They were questioning him about the North/South Ossetian situation. The conductor is not a historian or an expert in political science, he is a conductor of classical music. His expertise is in a completely different field. When he was speaking though, I found myself wanting to acknowledge his opinion as that of an expert on the matter. I realized although he is an expert in his field, that expertise doesn't necessarily translate into expertise on other topics. When discussing something outside his scope of knowledge, his ideas and opinions are the value of any common person.

DailyTech is rather guilty of some questionable reporting. The sight maintains credibility as it is a news site. People make the assumption that since it's being reported on DailyTech it is strictly factual. What people don't realize is "Intel Announces Core 2 Duo CPUs" and "Nobel Laureate Resigns from APS Over Global Warming Policy" carry two different weights. It's an error in human perception. Most people won't realize that the content of the "Nobel Laureate Resigns from APS Over Global Warming Policy" needs to accepted at lesser weight.

I can't do more to back up my point. It would require some rather complicated abstractions and a lot research. All I ask is consider what DailyTech reports and why.

RE: Weird Bias
By tomppi on 9/16/2011 8:25:56 AM , Rating: 1

atleast not as bad as:
'Study Finds "Huge Discrepancy" Between Hard Data and Warming Models'

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