Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 6:44 AM EDT
The Royal Society has published a short but comprehensive guide to the science of climate change to enable the general public get a simplified view of the core issues related to climate change.
The document called Climate Change: A Summary of the Science divides the existing knowledge on climate change into three categories: the issues on which the scientists have a broad agreement, the issues on which the research is going on and the issues which are not understood well.
While the Society has in the past included policy recommendations in its climate change-related publications but this time it has limited itself to the physical science of climate change. Royal Society's Vice President and one of the authors of the report said that their intent was to stick to the science only since even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has become cautious following the 'Climategate' fiasco.
The timing of this document could not have been better. The COP 16 talks, to be held at Cancun, Mexico later this year continues to carry the burden of the failed Copenhagen summit. Recent polls conducted in the UK and United States show slight decrease in people who believe that global warming is actually taken place.
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