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21 April 2010
GSA Release No. 10-21
Contact:
Christa Stratton
Director - GSA Communications & Marketing
+1-303-357-1093
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Geological Society of America Adopts New Position Statement on Climate Change

Boulder, CO, USA – At a meeting of the Council held on 17 April 2010, The Geological Society of America approved a consensus statement on climate change science.

“Decades of scientific research have shown that climate can change from both natural and anthropogenic causes. The Geological Society of America (GSA) concurs with assessments by the National Academies of Science (2005), the National Research Council (2006), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) that global climate has warmed and that human activities (mainly greenhouse-gas emissions) account for most of the warming since the middle 1900s. If current trends continue, the projected increase in global temperature by the end of the twenty-first century will result in large impacts on humans and other species. Addressing the challenges posed by climate change will require a combination of adaptation to the changes that are likely to occur and global reductions of CO2 emissions from anthropogenic sources.”

Recommendations in the statement relate to the need for effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for comprehensive planning to address challenges posed by future climate change, and research to improve understanding of climate change effects.

GSA president Jean Bahr said, “I appreciate the efforts of our volunteer members to develop a clear statement that reflects GSA’s commitment to ‘supporting the application of geoscience knowledge and insight to human needs, aspirations, and Earth stewardship.’ ”

Read the entire position statement at www.geosociety.org/positions/pos10_climate.pdf.

For assistance or additional contact information, please contact Christa Stratton, GSA Director of Communications, at the address above.

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