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Climate Change

The evidence that human-induced global climate change is under way is increasingly clear and compelling. As Earth gets warmer, the risk grows that the climate will change in ways that will seriously disrupt our lives and environment. The most severe impacts include: a rise in sea level; more heat waves and droughts; more extreme weather events, producing floods and property losses; and vector-borne diseases extending their range into new areas.

Despite mounting evidence of the reality of climate change, the gap between scientific understanding of the gravity of the problem on the one hand and policy action on the other remains wide. This gap is particularly frustrating because we can do something—in fact, many things—about global warming.

The Sound Science Initiative provides opportunities for scientists to raise public awareness and understanding on climate change issues, and to promote effective, environmentally sound policies to mitigate and adapt to global climate change.

For more information, see:

Webinar Series on Climate Change Science and Policy
UCS Climate Science Fact Sheets
Global Warming: Early Warning Signs Map
Scientific Consensus on Global Warming
Talking Climate Change
IPCC Fourth Assessment

Learn more in UCS Global Warming section.

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