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From Climate Change (2007) The Physical Science Basis, a report accepted by
Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Frequently Asked Questions

  FAQ 1.1 What Factors Determine Earth’s Climate?  
  FAQ 1.2 What is the Relationship between Climate Change and Weather?  
  FAQ 1.3 What is the Greenhouse Effect?  
  FAQ 2.1 How do Human Activities Contribute to Climate Change and How do
     They Compare with Natural Influences?
  FAQ 3.1 How are Temperatures on Earth Changing?  
  FAQ 3.2 How is Precipitation Changing?  
  FAQ 3.3 Has there been a Change in Extreme Events like Heat Waves,
     Droughts, Floods and Hurricanes?
  FAQ 4.1 Is the Amount of Snow and Ice on the Earth Decreasing?  
  FAQ 5.1 Is Sea Level Rising?  
  FAQ 6.1 What Caused the Ice Ages and Other Important Climate Changes
     Before the Industrial Era?
  FAQ 6.2 Is the Current Climate Change Unusual Compared to Earlier
     Changes in Earth’s History?
  FAQ 7.1 Are the Increases in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Other Greenhouse
     Gases During the Industrial Era Caused by Human Activities?
  FAQ 8.1 How Reliable Are the Models Used to Make Projections
     of Future Climate Change?
  FAQ 9.1 Can Individual Extreme Events be Explained by Greenhouse Warming?  
  FAQ 9.2 Can the Warming of the 20th Century be Explained by
     Natural Variability?
  FAQ 10.1 Are Extreme Events, Like Heat Waves, Droughts or Floods, Expected to
     Change as the Earth’s Climate Changes?
  FAQ 10.2 How Likely are Major or Abrupt Climate Changes, such as Loss of Ice Sheets
     or Changes in Global Ocean Circulation?
  FAQ 10.3 If Emissions of Greenhouse Gases are Reduced, How Quickly do Their
     Concentrations in the Atmosphere Decrease?
  FAQ 11.1 Do Projected Changes in Climate Vary from Region to Region?