The Royal Society said in February 2014, 'Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. It is now more certain than ever, based on many lines of evidence, that humans are changing Earth’s climate. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, accompanied by sea-level rise, a strong decline in Arctic sea ice, and other climate-related changes.'
Alongside the US National Academy of Sciences, they published their most up to date assessment. The short report is based on a series of commonly asked questions. To read the report, please visit this web page: http://royalsociety.org/policy/projects/climate-evidence-causes/
Still a climate change denier? Please remember:
- Newspapers all have a strong editorial bias (from the Daily Mail to the Guardian), and much 'news' is selectively reported.
- Bizarre notions of 'balance' persuade broadcasting editors to present both sides of a scientific argument equally, even when one side is supported by only a tiny minority of scientists - this can mislead people into believing there is genuine debate on a subject, even when there isn't.
- You're unlikely to hear the truth from scientists with a vested interest, for example those funded by the oil industry.
Indispensable climate change resources
For impartial information about climate change and renewable energy, and UK media fact-checking, see: The Carbon Brief
For the planet's best, most accessible, peer-reviewed climate science information, see: Skeptical Science
Other great climate resources
UK Met Office climate change pages - click here
The Royal Society climate change pages - click here
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - click here
UK Climate Impacts Programme - click here
UK Parliamentary Committee on Climate Change - click here
UK Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee - click here
Tipping Points - an excellent short film by Leo Murray, which shows the urgent need for action to stop climate catastrophe: Wake Up, Freak Out
For a glimpse of the truth behind UK tabloid headlines, see: Tabloid Watch