Humanity strives each subsequent generation to grow and flourish; yet we expect those desires to be balanced against the need to preserve and protect. For the international tourist visiting the beautiful tropical resorts of small island nations, such as the Bahamas, it is easy to forget that others live there year round and that even a small rise in sea level may make a significant difference. 

These are some of the challenges that scientists face when communicating the study of climate to the public—our earth system is complex and global models do not often make for easy conversation. From a political viewpoint, climate change does not easily conform to a yes or no debate—despite overwhelming evidence for human-induced climate change there are wide ranging perspectives on the eventual outcomes. The truth relies in being able to predict the future.

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