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. Scientific Values Are Threatened By Climate Change Denial Lobby, Claims Lord May

"By their own writings, this group has a much wider agenda, which is to replace scientific materialism by something more based on faith," May said.

London (UPI) Nov 30, 2005
England's outgoing Royal Society President Robert May of Oxford is urging scientists to speak out against the climate change "denial lobby."

May completed his five-year term as president of the Royal Society, Britain's national academy of science, Wednesday. And in his final address he warned core scientific values are "under serious threat from resurgent fundamentalism, West and East," the BBC reported.

May said the term fundamentalism applies not only to organized religions, but to lobby groups on both sides of the climate change debate.

He told reporters in London the climate change "denial lobby" and non-governmental organizations opposed to nuclear power are not exempt from a denial or misrepresentation of scientific facts.

The BBC said May also criticized U.S. religious fundamentalist groups of endangering the enlightenment of science by campaigning for creationism to be taught in science classes.

"By their own writings, this group has a much wider agenda, which is to replace scientific materialism by something more based on faith," he said.

He said scientists, worldwide, must speak out against so-called "intelligent design" and what he described as other threats to modern scientific values.

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Kyoto Climate Accord Becomes Operational
Montreal (AFP) Nov 30, 2005
The controversial Kyoto protocol, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions, became fully operational on Wednesday after a UN climate conference here adopted the final rules.

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