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The Facts Remain

by Michael D. Lemonick

Despite the furor over “Climategate” and “Himalayagate” and “Pachaurigate,” the scientific consensus that our climate is changing, with potentially serious consequences, hasn’t been affected much, if at all.

That being the case, all sorts of people, businesses and government entities (including the military) want to know what changes are likely, so they can decide whether to build that seaside vacation home or manufacturing plant, or plan to allocate an aircraft carrier to an unfrozen Arctic Ocean.

That’s one major reason the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has proposed to create a new Climate Service, to provide the most up-to-date projections for where the climate is headed. The idea is modeled loosely on the National Weather Service, which provides information to help us plan for the next few days (at the moment, the NWS is telling me about the second major snowstorm in a week on its way to the Mid-Atlantic states).

You can read more about the rationale in our FAQs, or read this story in the Washington Post about the actual announcement.

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