When it comes to climate change, some look at the facts presented and see a coming catastrophe, others see a hoax. This difference in interpretation, social scientists say, has more to do with each individual's existing outlook than the facts. iStockphoto hide caption

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Redwoods, like those pictured above, receive up to 40 percent of their yearly water supply from fog — a resource that may be under threat, a new study suggests. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, regarded as the world's top climate science institution, reported that Himalayan glaciers could completely melt by 2035. Two numbers were transposed — it should have said 2350. Climate science naysayers cite the error as evidence of bias. Channi Anand/AP hide caption

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An artist's Impression of "Inuk," a 4,000-year-old human whose remains were found in Greenland. Scientists have sequenced most of his DNA using tufts of his hair found in the 1980s. Nuka Godfredsen hide caption

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The migrant moth Autographa gamma (Silver Y), one of the species of migratory insects that have evolved sophisticated flight behaviors to optimize their migratory routes Ian Woiwod/Science hide caption

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Storm clouds over Los Angeles. This year a strong El Nino has been responsible for severe weather over much of the U.S., including the heavy rains in California. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Workers ride past cooling towers at a coal-fired power plant on the outskirts of Beijing. Such power plants are at the center of a debate about the future of energy production in China and the U.S. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The ring-tailed lemur is one of many pint-sized creatures on the island of Madagascar. Scientists have long noted that despite the great diversity of fauna on the island, there are few large beasts, like the lions and elephants found on mainland Africa. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Haitians watch the L.A. County Search and Rescue working at a collapsed building in Port-au-Prince. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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