1700 UK scientists come forward to reaffirm climate science

Plus full list of statement by scientific groups

Statement from the UK science community

10 December 2009

We, members of the UK science community, have the utmost confidence in the observational evidence for global warming and the scientific basis for concluding that it is due primarily to human activities. The evidence and the science are deep and extensive. They come from decades of painstaking and meticulous research, by many thousands of scientists across the world who adhere to the highest levels of professional integrity. That research has been subject to peer review and publication, providing traceability of the evidence and support for the scientific method.

The science of climate change draws on fundamental research from an increasing number of disciplines, many of which are represented here. As professional scientists, from students to senior professors, we uphold the findings of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which concludes that ‘Warming of the climate system is unequivocal’ and that ‘Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations’.

You can find the statement, with the full list of names, here, on the Met Office website.

Last month, after the Swifthack/Climategate story broke, the Met Office joined with NERC and the Royal Society to issue an updated climate science statement pointing out that it’s the hottest decade on record and “even since the 2007 IPCC Assessment the evidence for dangerous, long-term and potentially irreversible climate change has strengthened.”

For completness and linkability, here are other recent scientific statements:

If there are other recent statement by scientific bodies I missed, please put the links in the comments.

6 Responses to 1700 UK scientists come forward to reaffirm climate science

  1. Dean says:

    I like that this statement mentions the thousands of researchers doing good work, but I also think that statements like these should mention that research into the greenhouse process is an old and mature scientific field, and that the basis for it in physics stretches back over 100 years, long before there was any concern that we might we be increasing it.

    The deniers try to find one real or alleged weak link, and claim that the whole edifice of AGW is falling. It’s like making a little chip in the corner of a brick building and yelling that the whole building is falling.

  2. Dennis says:

    If you want to bet on how bad the media covers climate science, I bet there’s barely a mention of this statement. Yet, we will keep hearing abou those emails!

  3. ken levenson says:

    And current post at Dot Earth?….wait…wait…

    “Skeptics Hold Fast in Copenhagen”

    The beat that just won’t stop!

    Dot Earth – what a waste of electrons (and the carbon that goes with it)

  4. ken levenson says:

    my bad… The Blog Post is just the follow on the article featuring climate contrarians on the fist page of the International section!!!! And the only article on Copenhagen in the paper today!!!

    Apparently the NY Times entire world view of climate change is seen through a skeptic/denier lens. if they can’t change the glasses maybe they should change the eyes?

    (sorry for the obsessive kremlinology like fascination…can’t help it…)

  5. dhogaza says:

    my bad… The Blog Post is just the follow on the article featuring climate contrarians on the fist page of the International section!!!! And the only article on Copenhagen in the paper today!!!

    Actually the article was rather entertaining, it seems clear the author thought the attendees were a bunch of cranks. Though he was too subtle about it …

  6. dhogaza says:

    I mean … these two snippets are hardly flattering to their cause …

    those who gathered in the tiny parlor offered a variety of alternative explanations. One presentation contended that volcanoes emitted far more carbon dioxide than human activities like the burning of fossil fuels. Another presentation disputed data suggesting that sea levels were rising. Still another asserted that solar activity caused climate shifts.

    Let’s see … maybe it’s CO2, but its from volcanoes, not people. No, it’s not even warming, sea levels aren’t actually rising. Its warming, but it’s the sun.

    Doesn’t really come across as being a coherent rebuttal of science, does it?

    And then …

    Still, even at this meeting those theories did not go unchallenged.

    John Vidal, environment editor for The Guardian in London, demanded that a panel’s members explain why a variety of villages in India and Bangladesh were slowly being swallowed by the sea if, as the Swedish physicist and geologist Nils-Axel Morner had contended the day before, sea levels were not rising.

    Mr. Morner, who has spent much time measuring sea levels in South Asia, said his most recent data pointed to plenty of erosion, but “zero rise in sea level.”

    Then, as debates over global warming often do, the discussion dissolved into incomprehensible shouting.