What does the phrase anthropogenic forcing mean to you? Or a carbon bubble – would you be more likely to find one in your bath or in your pension fund? Is the greenhouse effect a better way to grow tomatoes? And what is the difference between global warming and climate change?
Understanding the language of climate science can feel like sitting an exam in an unfamiliar subject.

For most scientific debates, the collision between the abstruse nature of expert discourse and our ordinary lives – a collision in which words are always the first casualty – does not matter too much. We can understand that smoking kills, even if we have not read the latest papers on how quickly a lung tumour metastasises compared with other cancers. We know that obesity is bad for us, even if experts are still exploring the addictive properties of sugar.
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