The Australian Academy of Science says man-made climate change is real and the consequences will be dire if no action is taken to address it.
The academy, in an update to its science of climate change booklet produced in 2010, says its authoritative account of the science behind global warming will help counter confusion and misinformation.
The update is written and reviewed by 17 of Australia’s leading experts in a range of climate-related sciences.
Earth’s climate has changed over the past century. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, sea levels have risen, and glaciers and ice sheets have decreased in size.
The best available evidence, the scientists say, indicates that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the main cause.