Reply To: Major science organisations on climate change


From Drovers CattleNetwork:

Three agricultural societies recently published a position statement on climate change.  The American Society of Agronomy (1), the Crop Science Society of America (2) and the Soil Science Society of America (3) released a statement in May of 2011.  The information below is taken from the statement which can be found in its entirety this link.

The position statement begins, “A comprehensive body of scientific evidence indicates beyond reasonable doubt that global climate change is now occurring and that its manifestations threaten the stability of societies as well as natural and managed ecosystems.  Increases in ambient temperatures and changes in related processes are directly linked to rising anthropogenic (4) greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere.” 

It goes on to state that “The potential related impacts of climate change on the ability of agricultural systems, which include soil and water resources, to provide food, feed,fiber, and fuel, and maintenance of ecosystem services … as well as the integrity of the environment, are major concerns.”

Moreover,the report states that crop production will face increasing challenges linked to climate change.

Other Position Statements on Climate Change (5)

A large number of other scientific organizations have issued position statements on climate change. The listing may not be inclusive of all scientific organization position statements.

Statements by concurring organizations

  • Academies of Science — joint statement by 32 national science academies
  • InterAcademy Council
  • European Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences
  • Network of African Science Academies
  • Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Royal Society of the United Kingdom
  • Polish Academy of Sciences
  • National Research Council (US)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Physics
  • American Physical Society
  • Australian Institute of Physics
  • European Physical Society
  • European Science Foundation
  • Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Federation of Geologists
  • European Geosciences Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Geological Society of Australia
  • Geological Society of London
  • International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • Royal Meteorological Society (UK)
  • World Meteorological Organization
  • American Quaternary Association
  • International Union for Quaternary Research
  • American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Australian Coral Reef Society
  • Institute of Biology (UK)
  • Society of American Foresters
  • The Wildlife Society (international)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American Medical Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Australian Medical Association
  • World Federation of Public Health Associations
  • World Health Organization
  • American Astronomical Society
  • American Statistical Association
  • Engineers Australia (The Institution of Engineers Australia)
  • International Association for Great Lakes Research
  • Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand

Non-committal statements

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • American Association of State Climatologists
  • American Geological Institute
  • American Institute of Professional Geologists
  • Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences

Statements by dissenting organizations

No dissenting statements on climate change by scientific organizations were listed.  However, a number of individual scientists are on record as dissenters.  Regardless, a number of surveys have revealed that a substantial majority of scientists believe that global warming is occurring and that human factors are a major contributor.