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In this Section: World-Wide Asia Europe The Americas Economy Earnings Focus Editorial Page Voices Weekend Journal. Journal Links WSJ.com Audio: Business Update Markets Recap WSJ on Audible Learn More Journal Atlas: Table of Contents Headlines Business Index Search News Search Past Editions Briefing Books Quotes Tools: E-Mail June 11, 2001 Scientists' Report Doesn't Support the Kyoto Treaty By Richard S. Lindzen. Mr. Lindzen, a professor of meteorology at MIT, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on climate change. L ast week the National Academy of Sciences released a report on climate change, prepared in response to a request from the White House, that was depicted in the press as an implicit endorsement of the Kyoto Protocol. CNN's Michelle Mitchell was typical of the coverage when she declared that the report represented "a unanimous decision that global warming is real, is getting worse, and is due to man. There is no wiggle room." As one of 11 scientists who prepared the report, I can state that this is simply untrue. For starters, the NAS never asks that all participants agree to all elements of a report, but rather that the report represent the span of views. This the full report did, making clear that there is no consensus, unanimous or otherwise, about long-term climate trends and what causes them. As usual, far too much public attention was paid to the hastily prepared summary rather than to the body of the report. The summary began with a zinger -- that greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth's atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise, etc., before following with the necessary qualifications. For example, the full text noted that 20 years was too short a period for estimating long-term
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