Climate Science and Policy: Making the Connection

This report is intended to clarify the state of climate science and contribute to a stronger foundation for public policy. It is based on the belief that sound public policy on climate change should be based on a solid scientific foundation.

This report’s starting point is the scientific assessment reports of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The Marshall Institute consulted with a distinguished workgroup of scientists and policy experts that was chaired by James Schlesinger, former Secretary of Defense and Energy, and Robert Sproull, President Emeritus of the University of Rochester. Information on the IPCC assessment of science was reviewed by them and discussions were held about the state of climate science, our understanding of the climate system, the relationship of science to policy, and actions to address gaps in the state of scientific knowledge. Dr. Lenny Bernstein, of L. S. Bernstein and Associates used the information obtained through this process to prepare this report. Dr. Bernstein is a chemical engineer who was a Lead Author for the IPCC Third Assessment Report.

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