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Don't dumb down, the science spells it out

Climate change is hitting home now

The science is clear, climate change is threatening our livelihoods and destroying the future of many species. Governments should stop questioning the facts and watering down the science. They must act now and reduce emissions to rescue us from the worst effects of climate change, such as floods, droughts, storms and heat waves.

"People are entitled to the unvarnished truth about global warming. Dumbing down climate science for political purposes is irresponsible - the earth is warming, damaging impacts are happening," says Hans Verolme, Director of WWF's Global Climate Change Programme. "Governments should not prevent scientists from putting out a strong, clear and honest report."

On Friday, February 2, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the first of three working group reports of its Fourth Assessment Report on the underlying science of climate change in Paris. It has been six years since the last assessment report and according to the IPCC’s Working Group I, humans are the primary cause of the build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases are causing global climate change. The report of Working Group II, to be released in Brusselson 6 April 2007, will assess impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilityof the Earth to climate change. It will look at consequences for the environment and nature, for agriculture, forestry and fisheries, health and disaster prevention.