Politics Aside, Climate Science Faces Real Uncertainties

Politics Aside, Climate Researchers Grapple With Real Uncertainties 1

Heidi Roop

Scientists' ability to collect data on historic temperatures from ice cores has greatly improved, outpacing their ability to run that data through computer models.

Those standing on the two main sides of the climate debate are easy for most Americans to recognize.

There is the majority of researchers who actually study the climate and see abundant evidence that the earth is warming, driven largely by the human burning of fossil fuels. And there is a vocal minority of doubters, many of whom draw on critiques of the science promoted by industry-financed campaigns.