9 Steps to Understanding Climate Change (for non-scientists)

The Science of Climate Change February 2015 from the Australian Academy of Science is aimed at non-scientists trying to make sense of the contradictory information in the public domain.

It sets out to explain the current situation in climate science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist. The document is structured around nine questions:

  1. What is climate change?
  2. How has climate changed?
  3. Are human activities causing climate change?
  4. How do we expect climate to evolve in the future?
  5. How are extreme events changing?
  6. How are sea levels changing?
  7. What are the impacts of climate change?
  8. What are the uncertainties and their implications?
  9. What does science say about options to address climate change?

Understanding climate change is a constantly evolving challenge, and a constantly evolving field of research, making summaries such as this essential to keeping informed.

If your after a simple What? When? Why? How? Then look no further.

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