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Ten Key Facts - Climate Change

Ten Key Facts - Climate Change

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The facts about climate change are clear: the earth is warming, man-made emissions are causing the warming, and the effects will get worse over time.

For the 5th time since it was chartered by the UN in 1988 to review and assess the science of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a series of reports in 2013-2014 detailing the state of knowledge on climate change, including its impacts and efforts to both mitigate and adapt to it.

The basics of climate change, therefore, are solidly established. However, the political discourse on the issue is very different than the scientific arguments.

In order to clearly show the basics that policymakers need to know, this paper lays out 10 essential facts about climate change.

These are facts and are not in dispute.
The facts about climate change are clear: the earth is warming, man-made emissions are causing the warming, and the effects will get worse over time.

For the 5th time since it was chartered by the UN in 1988 to review and assess the science of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a series of reports in 2013-2014 detailing the state of knowledge on climate change, including its impacts and efforts to both mitigate and adapt to it.

The basics of climate change, therefore, are solidly established. However, the political discourse on the issue is very different than the scientific arguments.

In order to clearly show the basics that policymakers need to know, this paper lays out 10 essential facts about climate change.

These are facts and are not in dispute.

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Published by: The American Security Project on Apr 16, 2014
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www.AmericanSecurityProject.org1100 New York Avenue, NW Suite 710W Washington, DC
en Key Facts: Climate Change
 William Fassuliotis
Te facts about climate change are clear: the earth is warming, man-made emissions are causing the warming, and the effects will get worse over time. For the 5
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 time since it was chartered by the UN in 1988 to review and assess the science of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a series of reports in 2013-2014 detailing the state of knowledge on climate change, including its impacts and efforts to both mitigate and adapt to it. Te basics of climate change, therefore, are solidly established. Te political discourse on the issue is very different than the scientific arguments. In order to clearly show the basics that policymakers need to know, this paper lays out 10 essential facts about climate change. Tese are facts and are not in dispute.Te Earth is Warming Te Climate has always Changed - but never this rapidly in human history oday’s Warming is Due to Emissions from Fossil FuelsSea Levels Are Rising Te Arctic is Melting Te Oceans are Becoming More Acidic Weather Events are Becoming more IntenseSeemingly Small Changes in emperature have Immense ConsequencesClimate Change Presents National Security Treats Te Effects of Climate Change Will Make Life Difficult for People
 
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 AMERICAN SECURITY PROJECT
Te Evidence of Climate Change
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Te Earth is Warming 
 Average surface air temperatures have warmed 1.4°F since the beginning of the 20
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 century, with most of that warming since the 1970s. Changes in global surface temperatures since 1880
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Te warmest decade on record was the 2000’s, with each of the three decades before that warmer than the one before. Average temperature by decade since the 1880s
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However, measures of the increases in air temperature understate the amount of excess heat absorbed by the earth because they leave out water temperatures. Te oceans, since the mid-1970s, have ab-sorbed much of the heat (chart 3).  Accumulation of Global Excess Heat Since 1960
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Te Climate has always Changed - but never this rapidly in hu-man history 
Te Earth’s climate has always changed; that is not in dispute. Carbon dioxide concentration, global temperatures, and sea level have naturally varied, in close correlation with each other, over the last 400,000 years.Carbon Dioxide Concentration, emperature Change, and Sea Level for 450,000 years
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