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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  June 24, 2005

Yesterday, Yury Izrael, Director, Global Climate and Ecology Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences and Vice President of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) , contradicted the UN IPCC’s long standing position that trends in global climate can be attributed to man-made causes, and questioned the Kyoto Protocol.  In the text, he is quoted as saying:

“One issue on the table at the G8 summit at Gleneagles in early July is global climate change.    As I see it, this problem is overshadowed by many fallacies and misconceptions that often form the basis for important political decisions. G8 leaders should pay attention to them.  There is no proven link between human activity and global warming.
 
Global temperatures increased throughout the 1940s, declined in the 1970s and subsequently began to rise again. Present-day global warming resembles the 1940s,  when ships could easily navigate Arctic passages. However, man's impact was much smaller at that time. A Russian expedition that recently returned from the central Antarctic says that temperatures are now starting to decrease. These sensational findings are one of Mother Nature's surprises.
 
Atmospheric CO2 was 280 PPM (parts per million air molecules) in 1880, and now stands at 378 PPM. It has increased by 31% since the pre-industrial era. This is quite a lot, but temperatures have increased by only 0.6 degrees. Paradoxically, temperatures tended to rise by one to 12 degrees at peak intervals, with carbon-dioxide fluctuations totalling not more than 300 PPM.  Therefore I believe that the link between man's activities and rising temperatures has not been proved completely. 

Scientists should comprehend the needs of politicians, and vice versa. I think this concept is quite effective. Unfortunately, some political decisions disregard the opinion of science.”
 
The full text can be found at http://en.rian.ru/analysis/20050623/40748412.html.  

 


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