Where is the climate headed? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts continued warming [pdf]. But others proclaim that an ice age is just around the corner (like this editorial from the online paper the Australian). Who's right?
Predicting the future is a bear. Predicting climate change is especially uncertain. But given global warming's potential consequences, we ignore an educated look ahead at our own peril. And let's face it, models serve us well in all sorts of areas in the modern world.
Dr. Bill Chameides is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.