A Few Words to the Radical Skeptics from the Acting Director of East Anglia University

By February 14, 2010Uncategorized

"The evidence is hugely for there being substantial climate change due to man’s activities and if you want to argue against that case you have to produce some evidence… I don’t see that evidence, I see lots of assertion but it’s not backed up. It’s very dangerous and like playing Russian roulette with the planet… "This is not just some intellectual argument between people who think they know the answer, we are talking about the future of the globe. "If you’re on the climate skeptics side, you have to have really good evidence for your case because if you’re wrong then the consequences for all of us and all our children and whoever comes after is hugely influenced."  Prof Peter Liss is the acting director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. (From the Telegraph)

Another statement from a senior researcher concerning the current controversies over details in the IPCC 2007 report: "… such uncertainties are irrelevant to whether we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically as soon as possible. There is no uncertainty that the consequences of climate change will be severe for global society, and therefore for us as members of that global society. The consequences for any individual may come through the direct effect of changes in local climate or it may come through changes to the working of, and stability of, global economic systems. Whatever the case, climate change represents a future of much increased risk. We would do well to act now to minimize those risks."  David Stainforth is a senior research fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science.