Scientific consensus backs global warming

Jerry L. Modisette’s letter to the editor (Herald, Sept. 29) should be taken seriously when he calls into question some of the stated causes of global warming. But Modisette fails to note that his opinion is a minority report and does not reflect the bulk of scientific opinion.

For example, these scientific associations have issued statements that climate is clearly warming and human factors contribute significantly to that warming: American Meteorological Society, American Physical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Geological Society of America, American Chemical Society, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 16 international National Academies of Science and the National Research Council of the National Academies.

This statement is signed by 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences in 2010: “For a problem as potentially catastrophic as climate change, taking no action poses a dangerous risk for our planet. ... The planet is warming due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. ... Most of the increase in the concentration of these gases over the last century is due to human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.”

Frank D. Tikalsky


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