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CHANGE IN DIRECTION NEEDED ON CLIMATE SCIENCE RESEARCH: RESEARCH COUNCIL OF NORWAY

July 3, 2012: "Norwegian Climate Research – An Evaluation", report prepared for the Division for Energy, Resources and the Environment, Research Council of Norway, Oslo.

From the report's Executive Summary:

"more effort is needed to understand natural climate variability in order to better quantify the uncertainty in predicting future climate."

From the report's section 2.1.1.6 (p. 22) "Future directions":

"... the expressed political needs regarding science results primarily relate to the impact of anthropogenic greenhouse gasses...".

"... a good understanding of the climate system cannot be reached without a dedicated effort to understand the contribution to climate change from natural climate processes. The geological history very clearly documents a strong climate forcing associated with solar variability, although the exact mechanism has not been identified.

"This should call for a coherent international effort, but surprisingly, the worldwide scientific effort to increase our understanding of the natural variations is very limited, and this is most probably related to the limited funding available for basic, not agenda-driven research.

"..., this committee recommends an increased effort in research on the natural causes of climate change, in particular the activity variations of the sun, the mechanism of cloud formation, and the multi-decadal variations in ocean current systems."

Read whole report.