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Climate Change: A Guide For The Perplexed

Climate Change: A Guide For The Perplexed separates fact from fiction and takes us beyond the rubbish that our media insists on feeding us on what is really the underlying issue of our time.

A firm and ever-growing body of evidence points to a clear picture: the world is warming, this warming is due to human activity increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and if emissions continue unabated the warming will too, with increasingly serious consequences.

Yes, there are still big uncertainties in some predictions, but these swing both ways. For example, the response of clouds could slow the warming or speed it up.

With so much at stake, it is right that climate science is subjected to the most intense scrutiny. What does not help is for the real issues to be muddied by discredited arguments or wild theories.

So for those who are not sure what to believe, here is our round-up of the 26 most common climate myths and misconceptions.

There is also a guide to assessing the evidence. In the articles we’ve included there are lots of links to primary research and major reports for those who want to follow through to the original sources.

For further reading, to get properly informed on this issue, see the weblinks below.

Adapted by Mark O’Brien from an article by Michael Le Page in New Scientist, 16/5/07

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