July 31, 2017


AIBS and several of its member societies joined a letter expressing concerns about efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to undermine climate science.

The EPA is moving ahead with creating a "red team/blue team" exercise to review what is known about climate change. The concept comes from military analysis, where a red team criticizes the current consensus view and a blue team rebuts that critique.

"We write to remind you of the ongoing research, testing, evaluations, and debates that happen on a regular basis in every scientific discipline," states the letter. "The peer review process itself is a constant means of scientists putting forth research results, getting challenged, and revising them based on evidence. Indeed, science is a multi-dimensional, competitive "red team/blue team" process whereby scientists and scientific teams are constantly challenging one another's findings for robustness."

The letter was signed by 18 societies, including American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, American Society of Plant Biologists, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Ecological Society of America, Entomological Society of America, Organization of Biological Field Stations, Society for Mathematical Biology, and Society of Systematic Biologists.

Read the letter at https://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20170731lettertoepaa.html.

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