UCS: Congress Should Slash Carbon Emission

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) — The Union of Concerned Scientists says National Research Council climate reports issued Wednesday should prod Congress into quick climate change action.

The council, part of the National Academy of Sciences, released three reports that reconfirmed climate change is caused by human activity and poses significant risks.

The Union of Concerned Scientists said the reports should prod Congress to take action this session to dramatically reduce the carbon emissions that are radically altering the world’s climate.

“NAS panels study a problem from many angles, include the highest level of relevant expertise, and have their work carefully assessed by peer reviewers,” said Peter Frumhoff, the Union of Concerned Scientists’ director of science and policy. “They are deservedly a premier source of influential scientific guidance.”

The reports focused on the evidence for and the causes of climate change, how to address the problem and what kind of national strategy is needed to protect public health and the environment.

The reports “should put to rest the unfounded contrary assertions advanced by special interests and help clarify the fact that our nation’s most distinguished scientists are unified in their support of this core message: Man-made climate change is real and we need to address it now,” said Harvard University Professor James McCarthy, UCS board chairman and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Frumhoff added: “The future is in our hands. For the first time in history, we are now choosing the climate our children will inherit.”

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