|Details1:||Double Breakthrough: Nature publishes Letter by 6 climate skeptics which tells of another breakthrough:|
A major scientific society has agreed to reconsider its alarmist Statement on Climate Change
Nature 460, 457 (23 July 2009) | doi:10.1038/460457b; Published online 22 July 2009
Petitioning for a revised statement on climate change
S. Fred Singer1, Hal Lewis2, Will Happer3, Larry Gould4, Roger Cohen5 & Robert H. Austin3
1. U of Virginia; 2. U of California, Santa Barbara; 3. Princeton U; 4. U of Hartford; 5. Durango, CO
We write in response to your issue discussing "the coming climate crunch", including the Editorial 'Time to
act' (Nature 458, 10771078; 2009). We feel it is alarmist.
We are among more than 50 current and former members of the American Physical Society (APS) who
have signed an open letter to the APS Council this month, calling for a reconsideration of its November
2007 policy statement on climate change (see open letter at http://tinyurl.com/lg266u; APS statement at
http://tinyurl.com/56zqxr). The letter proposes an alternative statement, which the signatories believe to be
a more accurate representation of the current scientific evidence. It requests that an objective scientific
process be established, devoid of political or financial agendas, to help prevent subversion of the scientific
process and the intolerance towards scientific disagreement that pervades the climate issue.
On 1 May 2009, the APS Council decided to review its current statement via a high-level subcommittee
of respected senior scientists. We applaud this decision. It is the first such reappraisal by a major scientific
professional society that we are aware of, and we hope it will lead to meaningful change that reflects a
more balanced view of climate-change issues.