Climate science explained. In three pages.

What are scientists highly certain about when it comes to climate change and what’s less certain? What did the evaluations of ‘Climategate’ conclude? What will the likely effects of climate change be on agriculture, health?

To answer all these question succinctly in one place, Green Alliance’s associate Rebecca Willis has written a three-page summary of climate science. Written in conjunction with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and drawing on sources such as the Committee on Climate Change, The Royal Society and the Met Office, it’s a really useful digest for anyone who needs the facts at their fingertips.

It’s true that scepticism about climate change can’t be overcome just by communicating about the science better. People’s reasons for doubting the veracity of climate change run much deeper – it’s do with values, trust of certain authorities, what our friends/newspapers think, an attachment to our current lifestyles and much else besides.

But for people who want to do something about climate change, or want to talk about solutions, an understanding of the key facts is invaluable for confidence in the face of questions. This briefing was originally written for the 50+ MPs and parliamentary candidates who have so far taken part in Green Alliance’s climate leadership programme. They were very keen on the idea of a short rigorous summary of some of the evidence and points of contention.

We’re going to have more soon on this blog about communicating with sceptics. I’m definitely not suggesting you should get this out at the hairdresser next time someone starts telling you that climate change is rubbish.

But for anyone interested in stopping climate change who needs to brush up on the facts and controversies – this is vital reading.

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