While it is commendable for researchers to strive in their work toward the benefit of their fellow human beings, those investigators who nowadays promote certain exaggerated scenarios related to global warming and the so-called greenhouse effect are doing a disservice to both their science and their society.

At a recent event, the annual Climate Diagnostic Workshop in La Jolla, Calif., a group of experts gathered: more than 150 practicing climatologists from all over the world. From the papers delivered at the meeting - as well as from the corridor talk - it was clear that the overwhelming majority could see no increase in the average global temperature during the past 100 years. It was also clear that, while most were concerned about the possible effects of anthropogenetically introduced greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, few were convinced that a sound scientific basis has been established for gauging the magnitude of those...

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