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12/10/2004 12:20

Top Scientists Launch RealClimate.org

Anja Wirsing Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung

    Team of Renowned Climate Experts from Europe and the US Create First-of-a-Kind Climate Weblog

    Today, top climate scientists will launch a unique website to provide commentary on the emerging new results from climate science. The site is designed as a tool for journalists and members of the public, and will provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion is restricted solely to scientific topics and will not address political issues.

    "We are trying to ensure that science doesn't get trampled by politics," said Gavin Schmidt.

    "We hope this site will serve as a resource that can challenge mis-representations or mis-understandings of the science as they occur in real time," said Michael Mann.

    Gavin Schmidt, Michael Mann, Stefan Rahmstorf, Rasmus Benestad, Caspar Ammann, Ray Bradley, William Connolley, Eric Steig, and Amy Clement are all contributors to the site. This group includes two "Scientific American 50 Research Leader" award winners and recipients of prestigious fellowship awards from the McDonnell and Comer foundations.

    Information on the site includes commentary on breaking news such as the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment as well as the latest scientific findings on greenhouse gases, the paleoclimatic record, climate modeling, and connections between the sun's variability and climate.

    The scientific contributors work in their personal capacity, and receive no financial compensation for this work.

    Journalists may also read their biographies, request more information, or reach the scientists through the site www.realclimate.org or contact the scientists directly:

    Gavin Schmidt, phone +1 212-678-5627, email gschmidt@giss.nasa.gov
    Michael Mann, phone +1 434-924-7770, email mann@virginia.edu
    Eric Steig, phone,+1 206-543-6327, email steig@ess.washington.edu
    Stefan Rahmstorf, phone +49 331-288-2688, email rahmstorf@pik-potsdam.de
    Rasmus Benestad, phone +47 2296-3377, email rasmus.benestad-at-met.no

    For more information contact Kalee Kreider, phone +1 202-463-6670, email kalee@fenton.com

    Press office PIK: Anja Wirsing, phone +49 331-288-2507, email info@pik-potsdam.de


    More information:

    http://www.realclimate.org - a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists


    Criteria of this press release:
    Biology, Environment / ecology, Geosciences, Mathematics, Media and communication sciences, Oceanology / climate, Physics / astronomy, Social studies
    transregional, national
    Transfer of Science or Research
    English


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