Arctic Climate Expert Urges More Honest Climate Change Discussion

Dr. Syun Akasofu, founding director of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, has sent an open letter to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) documenting flaws in the IPCC process and suggesting improvements.  Akasofu has published more than 550 professional journal articles, authored or co-authored 10 books, and has been the invited author of many encyclopedia articles. He has collaborated with numerous colleagues nationally and internationally and has guided nine students to their Ph.D.s. The text of his letter, sent to IPCC on December 18, follows.

We encounter scientific terms, such as climate change, global warming, the greenhouse effect, and carbon dioxide a few times every day in newspapers, radio broadcasts, TV news, as well as in conversations among people. It must be the first time in the history of science that a specific scientific field has gotten so much attention from the public. As a scientist, I am pleased about the public’s interest in science. Unfortunately, however, I am afraid that this great interest by the public in climatology is largely the result of a proliferating number of confusing stories in the media that are based on misinterpreted information about the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide.

If the IPCC wants to represent this particular scientific field to the world, they are responsible for rectifying the great confusion and misinterpretation of scientific facts in the mind of the public.

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