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1139: Climate change: a summary of the science

This paper is taken from a guide from the Royal Society ‘Climate change: a summary of the science’

Year of Publication2010

There is strong evidence that changes in greenhouse gas concentrations due to human activity are the dominant cause of global warming which is expected to continue as are changes in precipitation and more rapid increases in sea level. It is not possible to determine exactly how much the climate will change but scientists are working to narrow areas of uncertainty. Policy choices have to be made in the absence of perfect knowledge. Even if the remaining uncertainties were substantially resolved, the wide variety of interests, cultures and beliefs will make consensus difficult.

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