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Letter: Moving Beyond Pseudoscience

To the Editor:

In his Aug. 29 letter, Barrie Sellers makes clear that he thinks that the research of climate scientists is “bogus.” As evidence he offers a series of talking points familiar to those who follow the pseudoscience of climate change denial. The things he believes people “know” are demonstrably false. The Earth is indeed warming, and we can expect an increase of between 2 and 6 degrees C by the end of this century. Any small benefits to plant growth caused by increased carbon dioxide will be more than offset by dramatic changes in climate patterns. Ocean acidity is increasing and imperils the food chain upon which many depend.

He caps this with the conspiracy theory that the scientific evidence, gathered across a variety of disciplines and investigators, is based on massive collusion to maintain funding.

There are a number of data sources to refute his claims; http://climate.nasa.gov/ is a good place to begin. I also recommend he attend a presentation by Brad Marston on “The Science of Climate Change” (Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m., Porter Community Room, Montshire Museum). Marston is a physicist at Brown and chairman of the American Physical Society’s Topical Group on the Physics of Climate. His talk is the first of the series “Different Perspectives on Climate Change” sponsored by the Sierra Club and others.

If Sellers wants to “live in the real world,” this would be a good place to start.

Michael Hillinger

Chairman, Upper Valley Chapter, Sierra Club

Etna

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