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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Climate Literacy

NOAA has published a new report designed to promote "climate literacy" among diverse audiences. In addition to a range of information on climate science, the report presents seven "essential principles:"
    1. The Sun is the primary source of energy for Earths climate system.

    2. Climate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system.

    3. Life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate.

    4. Climate varies over space and time through both natural and man-made processes.

    5. Our understanding of the climate system is improved through observations, theoretical studies, and modeling.

    6. Human activities are impacting the climate system.

    7. Climate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives.

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