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Harvey Brooks Research Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development


We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts. There is always some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions; science never absolutely proves anything. 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. For a problem as potentially catastrophic as climate change, taking no action poses a dangerous risk for our planet.


Gleick, P.H., et al. "Climate Change and the Integrity of Science." Science 328.5979 (2010): 689-690.