Leaked UN Global Warming Report Says Scientists Are 95 Percent Sure Climate Change Is Manmade

By Philip Ross on August 21, 2013 4:14 PM EDT

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The UN global warming report has been leaked, and it says scientists are almost 100 percent sure that climate change is caused by man. (Photo: Reuters)

The UN global warming report has been leaked, and according to the document, scientists from around the world agree there's a 95 percent chance that climate change is manmade. They attribute the global shift in weather mainly to the burning of fossil fuels, which paved the way for large-scale industrial development throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

"It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010," a summary of the report reads, according to CNN. "There is high confidence that this has warmed the ocean, melted snow and ice, raised global mean sea level and changed some climate extremes in the second half of the 20th century."

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The findings are from the fifth edition of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, report, which was suppose to come out next month but was leaked to Reuters over the weekend. It shows a marked increase in scientists' certainty that global warming is caused by man. From Reuters:

That is up from at least 90 percent in the last report in 2007, 66 percent in 2001, and just over 50 in 1995, steadily squeezing out the arguments by a small minority of scientists that natural variations in the climate might be to blame.

The document says that the changed, which have already taken place, will linger for many centuries to come. USA Today reports that the UN global warming report also notes that the Arctic Sea ice level will continue shrinking, and that ice cover all over the globe is decreasing.

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