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On the “reality” and reality of anthropogenic climate change

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Thanks to Nancy Cartwright for comments on an earlier version of this paper, and for guiding my thinking on all the most important issues.

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Oreskes, N. On the “reality” and reality of anthropogenic climate change. Climatic Change 119, 559–560 (2013).

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  • Climate Change
  • Global Warming
  • Scientific Knowledge
  • Climate Change Impact
  • Tectonic Plate