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Climate Change Warning Given by American Meteorological Society

14,000 members of American Meteorological Society Releases Serious Climate Change Warning

american-meteorological-society-logoAmerican Meteorological Society Informational Statement:
“observed warming will be irreversible for many years into the future, and even larger temperature increases will occur as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere.”

The American Meteorological Society statement gives an overview of the reasons for climate change over the last century and is based on peer-reviewed scientific literature and was adopted by the AMS Council on the 20th of August 2012.

 

Highlights of the AMS Information Statement includes:

  • How is climate changing?
  • Why is climate changing?
  • How can climate change be projected into the future?
  • How is the climate expected to change in the future?

The Final remarks are worth republishing in full:

There is unequivocal evidence that Earth’s lower atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are warming; sea level is rising; and snow cover, mountain glaciers, and Arctic sea ice are shrinking. The dominant cause of the warming since the 1950s is human activities. This scientific finding is based on a large and persuasive body of research. The observed warming will be irreversible for many years into the future, and even larger temperature increases will occur as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in the atmosphere. Avoiding this future warming will require a large and rapid reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. The ongoing warming will increase risks and stresses to human societies, economies, ecosystems, and wildlife through the 21st century and beyond, making it imperative that society respond to a changing climate. To inform decisions on adaptation and mitigation, it is critical that we improve our understanding of the global climate system and our ability to project future climate through continued and improved monitoring and research. This is especially true for smaller (seasonal and regional) scales and weather and climate extremes, and for important hydroclimatic variables such as precipitation and water availability.

Technological, economic, and policy choices in the near future will determine the extent of future impacts of climate change. Science-based decisions are seldom made in a context of absolute certainty. National and international policy discussions should include consideration of the best ways to both adapt to and mitigate climate change. Mitigation will reduce the amount of future climate change and the risk of impacts that are potentially large and dangerous. At the same time, some continued climate change is inevitable, and policy responses should include adaptation to climate change. Prudence dictates extreme care in accounting for our relationship with the only planet known to be capable of sustaining human life.

Reference:
See original the Climate Change Information Statement of the American Meteorological Society .pdf document

www.ametsoc.org/policy/2012climatechange.pdf

American Meteorological Society:
Promotes the development, dissemination, information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and the advancement of their professional applications. The AMS was founded in 1919, the American Meteorological Society has a membership of more than 14,000 professionals, professors, students, and weather enthusiasts.

 

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