UN Expert: Climate Change Skeptics a Tiny Minority

Robert Watson estimates 98-99% of scientists support IPCC global warming stance.

Published: 05-Apr-2001

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The top U.N. climate scientist said on Thursday almost all experts believed human activity was warming the planet and U.S. failure to support a global warming pact would slow the fight to curb emissions of harmful gases.

Robert Watson, head of a U.N.-sponsored panel of scientists advising governments on climate change, added that poor nations were the most vulnerable to global warming and the faster the warming the worse the environmental consequences would be.

Watson, described by many diplomats as the world's most authoritative voice on global warming, dismissed suggestions that there was a 50-50 split in the scientific community over climate change or humanity's role in producing it.

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