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A joint report released by the US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society warns that not only is man-made global warming real, it will have devastating impact for life on the planet. Despite the overwhelming evidence that humans are driving climate change, there are still those who question climate change and its cause. The report, released Thursday, is a one-stop destination for answers to the most controversial and complex questions regarding climate change so that people can move forward with addressing the issues.

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In a news release from the President of the Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse stated that there is enough evidence to support man-made global warming that we must take action. The joint report is an effort to promote that action by putting aside misunderstandings about the changing atmosphere. By providing clear answers, scientists hope that we can better shape our political debates and find a consensus to make necessary change.

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The report deals with 20 common points of controversy, including issues like scientific confidence that the planet will continue to change and how climate change impacts extreme weather events. It also talks about sea ice, and addresses why Arctic ice is decreasing while Antarctic ice isn’t, and why some winters are unusually cold despite warming. The report also provides a basic lesson on climate change to help readers better understand how these changes are taking place.

Scientific information is a vital component of the evidence required for societies to make sensible policy decisions. Climate-change science will continue to help society make sensible policy decisions,” said Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences and Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society. With this report, those decisions can be well informed.

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Via Huffington Post

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