This isn’t breaking news, but I just wanted to mention that now that climate science is again being nurtured in Washington, the Global Change Research Program is back in action. One of the documents they have released is a kind of basic guide to the science. Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences: A Guide for Individuals and Communities is a clearly written and not-overly-boringly-designed 16 page booklet for use in helping people and organizations develop an understanding of the science of global warming. There are, of course, many books out there that attempt to educate people on the basics of the greenhouse effect and global warming, but it is nice to see the US government getting into the game. Now, if only the scientists can get past the idea that teaching people about the science will be enough to get them to support policy changes.
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