"Scientists Decry 'Assaults' on Climate Research"

"More than 250 U.S. scientists on Thursday defended climate change research against 'political assaults' and warned that any delay in tackling global warming heightens the risk of a planet-wide catastrophe. ...

'When someone says that society should wait until scientists are absolutely certain before taking any action, it is the same as saying society should never take action,' the 255 scientists wrote in an open letter in the journal Science. ...

Scientists sounded a similar note on Thursday before the U.S. House of Representatives panel on energy independence and climate change.

'The reality of anthropogenic climate change can no longer be debated on scientific grounds,' James Hurrell of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research told the committee. 'The imperative is to act aggressively to reduce carbon emissions and dependency on fossil fuels.'"

Deborah Zabarenko reports for Reuters May 7, 2010.

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Source: Reuters, 05/07/2010