Friday, July 1, 2016

31 U.S. science societies send letter to Congress

Thirty-one of the largest U.S. science societies—collectively representing millions of scientists—sent a letter to Congress this week urging lawmakers to recognize anthropogenic climate change and take decisive action to combat it and its effects.

A previous letter with nearly identical language was sent by 18 of the 31 organizations in 2009, and some scientists are skeptical that this new document will budge the stubborn persistence of climate denial among congressional representatives. The letter warns of the numerous threats posed by climate change—including extreme weather events, regional water scarcity, heat waves and wildfires.

It also highlights the need for substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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