Editorial: No consensus on climate

A core assumption in the resurgent politics of climate change needs closer study than it typically receives. It concerns the scientific consensus said to have developed that people are dangerously heating Planet Earth.Proponents of drastic precaution against warming regularly claim that science is "settled" on the issue. For proof, they cite the United Nations' Intergov- ernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment Report on science. They further assert that only a few cranks now question whether humanity should endure the deprivation involved in proposed efforts to manage weather. Fresh airingThe IPCC report will receive a fresh airing next month, when the US Congress re...

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