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The Times – February 20, 2007
This article details how the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has called upon President Bush to recognize that the world is getting warmer, it is the fault of humans, and we need to have proactive efforts put forth to reverse the trend. Their statement is primarily a reaffirmation of the IPCC statement made earlier.
It is the first time that the AAAS, which represents 262 societies and scientific academies, has published a statement of consensus on climate change.
The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.
The pace of change and the evidence of harm have increased markedly over the last five years. The time to control greenhouse gas emissions is now.
The statement reflects growing frustration among US scientists with the White House’s reluctance to tackle climate change.
The AAAS said that concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, were higher than they had been for at least 650,000 years and that temperatures were heading to “levels not experienced for millions of years”.
The association said that the result of burning fossil fuels and deforestation was already being observed in the intensification of droughts, heat waves, floods, wildfires and severe storms.
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