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Friday, January 21, 2005

Global Warming: More politics than facts

Dr Chris Landsea, and major contributor to UN Climate Change assessments has with draws his support for future work, after the IPCC claims that global warming is contributor to hurricane intensity.

After some prolonged deliberation, I have decided to withdraw from participating in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I am withdrawing because I have come to view the part of the IPCC to which my expertise is relevant as having become politicized.


All previous and current research in the area of hurricane variability has shown no reliable, long-term trend up in the frequency or intensity of tropical cyclones, either in the Atlantic or any other basin. The IPCC assessments in 1995 and 2001 also concluded that there was no global warming signal found in the hurricane record.
Read his full letter here.

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