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Professors assert climate change knowledge in Boston Globe letter

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On Dec. 13, a group of MIT professors – including Associate Department Head Elfatih Eltahir and the Director of Environmental Solutions Initiative John Fernandez – penned an opinion letter to the Boston Globe asserting that climate scientists understand much more about climate change than many realize. The letter was in response to a prior piece submitted by Freeman Dyson, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, which claimed that misunderstandings about climate change marred the recent Paris climate discussion. “WE ARE dismayed by the limited understanding and short-sighted interpretation of basic elements of climate science exhibited in [this piece],” they wrote. “Like Dyson, we too are environmentalists concerned with many problems, including global warming. None of them should be ignored.” Read the letter here.