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Dr. Ivar Giaever  (Source: newmediajournal.us)
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 [ mailto:giaever@XXXX.com]

Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 3:42 PM
To: kirby@aps.org
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.


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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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RE: A question about the big experiment
By homebredcorgi on 9/16/2011 12:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
Your argument is so overused, it's #9 on the top 10 at skeptical science:

http://www.skepticalscience.com/global-warming-sto...

Why would taking only the last 10 years of data prove anything? This is akin to looking at the stock market in the last 10 years and saying it never goes up (prices are nearly flat over the last 10 years), but we know from historical data it has gone up significantly. I could curve-fit a line to that kind of data and give you any slope you want - so long as I get to choose the time range(s).

And since you prefer to only use satellite data (very convenient for your argument). here you go:

http://www.skepticalscience.com/satellite-measurem...

The bottom line is that this is a very complex problem (much more complex than simply "measuring the temperature over time and plotting the results" as many here seem to think). It deserves our attention and debate, but it has been transformed into a political issue. Science can be wrong and group-think does happen - but our current evidence and vast majority of experts think this is real.

Another question: Why do you care what a particle physicist thinks about climate science? Do you go to a dentist for heart surgery?


By thesafetyisoff on 9/16/2011 11:39:45 PM , Rating: 2
"Why do you care what a particle physicist thinks about climate science?"

Because he appears to have a good understanding about what is science, what is politics, and the role of his former organization in both.

Plenty of people are qualified to label a presumptuous proclamation as bad science, even if it's outside their field.


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