Climate scientist forced from position after 'McCarthy" style pressure'
Date published: 20th May 2014
An eminent climate scientist says he was forced to leave his position on the advisory board of a think-tank after he was subjected to "McCarthy" style pressure from other scientists.
Professor Lennart Bengtsson, a research fellow at the University of Reading, said he was worried about his own "health and safety" as a member of the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s academic advisory council.
In his resignation letter Professor Bengtsson said he could see no end to the pressure, which he compared to the McCarthy era.
He said that colleagues had begun to withdraw as co-authors of academic papers, and that the scientific community has been "transformed" in recent years.
He added: "I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. If this is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety.
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