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Nullius in Verba: The Royal Society and Climate Change

Andrew Montford documents the Royal Society’s role in the climate change debates.

The reputation of the Society is now on the line – the fellows and much
of the general public know that there is something seriously amiss and that the
leadership do not speak for everyone within the organisation. Each year that
temperatures refuse to rise in line with the nightmare scenarios trumpeted by
one president after another, the risk grows that the Society becomes a laughing
stock. If government money is a drug of which the Society cannot or will not rid
itself, its leadership could at least remind itself of those words of Lord Adrian over
50 years ago: ‘It is neither necessary nor desirable for the Society to give an official ruling on
scientific issues, for these are settled far more conclusively in the laboratory
than in the committee room.’”

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