Scientists Send Letter to Congress and Federal Agencies Supporting IPCC
In light of recent media coverage surrounding climate change science, at least 150 US scientists, at the time of this posting, are sending an open letter to Congress and other federal agencies in support of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will be delivered on Friday, 12 March.
The letter was spearheaded by Gary Yohe from Wesleyan University, Stephen Schneider from Stanford University, Cynthia Rosenzweig from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and William Easterling from Pennsylvania State University. Not only does it lay out the IPCC process, but it also examines climate science findings since the 2007 IPCC report. In a press release, Gary Yohe noted, “Our goal with this letter is to demonstrate the strong support that exists within the scientific community for the IPCC and its main findings.” However, the letter does state its support for the IPCC's decision to seek an independent review of its methods and process as well as addresses errors in the report. Additionally, the authors address the urgency for policymakers to address climate change.