to climate change within the United States require that the nation contribute to international information gathering and that U.S. decision makers, including farmers and other businesses, need to receive reliable and usable information about what is happening with climate change impacts and responses elsewhere in the world.

Chapter 8 discusses what is known about communication and education about climate change, with some recommendations for improvements. During the early stages of the America’s Climate Choices study there were several opportunities for public input. One of the main issues of concern was that of public understanding of climate change and the ways in which information and education might provide the public with improved insights and strategies for responding to climate change. Chapter 8 is a response to this issue. Because other panels focused on training and capacity building, we did not undertake a comprehensive analysis of training beyond that within the education system.

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