Government Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sir John Beddington, says: “Reporting on climate change science has often created more heat than light. The evidence is compelling that climate change is happening, that human activities are the major driver for this and that the future risks are substantial.
“At the same time, there is much we need to understand better; for example, the pace and extent of the changes we can expect, and regional impacts.
“The fact that uncertainty exists in climate science, as it does in other fields, does not detract from the value of the evidence. But an appreciation of the nature and degree of uncertainty, and of the likelihood and potential severity of risks, is critical if the science is to properly inform decision-making.”