Common Climate Questions

A: Yes, it is an unequivocal fact that the Earth’s average temperature continues to rise, despite some natural year-to-year fluctuations. …Learn More »

A: When people wonder about the degree of certainty in global warming predictions versus next week's weather report, they are confusing climate and weather. …Learn More »

A: Climate changes observed over recent decades are inconsistent with trends caused by natural forces but are totally consistent with the increase in human- …Learn More »

A: More than 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human caused global warming is happening. It is well established that human activity is the dominant cause …Learn More »

A: Scientists have been measuring the amount of the Sun’s energy reaching the top of Earth’s atmosphere using sensors on satellites since 1978. …Learn More »

A: Scientists have accounted for these local effects and have verified that they do not skew the global temperature record. For example, one test scientists …Learn More »

A: We know from ice core records that temperature and carbon dioxide levels are closely correlated. …Learn More »

A: The vast majority of published climate science papers in the 1970s were related to the same concern that prevails today: warming due to the increase in heat-trapping gases. …Learn More »

A: Major volcanic eruptions have a short-term cooling influence on climate due to the particulate haze they cause. Their warming influence (through CO2 emissions) is insignificant compared to fossil fuel burning. …Learn More »

A: Climate models are tested against what we know happened in the past and they do accurately map past climate changes. Climate models have also been proven to make accurate predictions …Learn More »