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Climate Literacy Handbook: Principle 5 Last Updated on 2009-07-09 13:35:54   This is a chapter from Climate Literacy Handbook. Previous: Principle 4  |  Table of Contents  |  Next: Principle 6   Principle 5. Our understanding of the climate system is improved through observations, theoretical studies, and modeling   When it comes to climate, how do scientists know what they know? While studies indicate that actively publishing climate researchers virtually all agree that human activities are altering the climate system, the general public is under the impression that scientists are still debating whether or not humans are through their activities changing climate. Essential Principle 5 concerns key elements of climate studies and the "self-correcting" peer review process. Concept 5a. The components and processes of Earth’s... More »