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Why are mathematical models for predicting climate change lagging behind technological advances?

By Adam Levy  

“Computer scientists, mathematicians and physicists are challenging the assumptions climate models are traditionally based upon” © Dolovis WM Commons 

Niels Bohr’s famous line that “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future” rings true for climate change. To help us understand how manmade emissions affect our planet, climate scientists have developed some of the most sophisticated computer models ever created. These models allow us to evaluate hypotheticals such as what our climate would be like if the industrial revolution hadn’t happened and no greenhouse gases were emitted. They…

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