VANCOUVER, BC- A new booklet summarizing the current state of
climate change science in an easy-to-read format is being
distributed to more than 15,000 Canadian teachers and students by
independent research organization The Fraser Institute.
Understanding Climate Change is a comprehensive but easily readable explanation of what makes up the climate, how it is measured, and what science predicts is
happening to the climate. Produced by The Fraser Institute, the
book is a summary of issues examined by other peer-reviewed
scientific papers including the work of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The booklet provides an overview of the many climate change
issues that are known as well as a discussion of the many aspects
of the science that remain uncertain. It is organized to largely
follow the sequence of topics in the most recent IPCC report.
"This book doesn't debate whether or not the world is warming
or how much of that warming is caused by human activity. Instead
it provides readers with a basic understanding of how scientists
measure and study the climate, along with an outline of what
climate scientists know for certain and what remains relatively
unknown," said Vanessa Schneider, Fraser Institute Director of
"By giving people an overview of the current state of climate
science, they have more knowledge to better decide for themselves
what kinds of policies are needed to deal with climate-related
Some of the key questions the booklet touches on are:
- How have climate-influencing factors changed over the past
hundred or so years?
- How do we measure climate change, and how much has the
- How have oceans, sea levels, glaciers, and other ice
- Are recent changes unusual compared to the last thousand,
or hundred thousand years?
- What is a climate model?
- What are the limitations of climate models, and how do they
help us understand the climate system?
- What are predictions of future climate change?