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Is it Anthropogenic?
Is it Anthropogenic?
Is climate change a real threat? Are we causing it? Can we do anything about it?

A lot of mainstream science, led by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is saying the threat is real and perhaps even more damaging than you might have heard. There is strong agreement that temperatures are at record levels. There is still debate about why, although the consensus among mainstream scientists is that anthropogenic (man-made) reasons especially green house gases are the main culprit. Others argue that solar activity and natural sources are more significant. A minority believe the data is being distorted and temperatures are actually dropping.

If the scientific mainstream is right, the temperatures will continue to rise for centuries, even if we stop burning all fossil fuels immediately. They have called for rapid reduction to pre-1990 emission levels for 39 countries (Kyoto Protocol).

Will higher temperatures cause more intense storms or other detrimental changes to the weather pattern? Will the sea levels rise? Could the Gulf Stream stop? Do we need to spend trillions of dollars to fix the problem? Can we fix the problem? Some experts are saying we should expect more climate variation. Building along coastlines may not make good sense.

This issue has become politicized in the US and has become a Red State ("big oil")  / Blue State ("tree hugger") "religious" argument with all the attendant baggage. Given that the oil companies seem to have a vested interest, the issue is reminiscent of the tobacco debates of the 1960-1980's. There is just so much more at stake.

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  • Global Warming Opinions : There are lots of opinions. How does an individual sort the facts? How does the scientific :: Continue reading...
  • Global Warming Mechanism : The Sun's energy in the form of electromagnetic waves (radiation) strikes the earth raising our temperature above the near absolute zero of space. :: Continue reading...
  • Global Average Temperature :

    Global Highlights

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  • Global Temperature Patterns : One of the most dramatic pieces of evidence provided by Global Warming theory :: Continue reading...
  • Global Warming Impacts : The low end of the warming range is assured even if we reduce emissions immediately. The high end results if we continue to increase our CO2 output. :: Continue reading...
  • Global Warming Kyoto Protocol : The Kyoto Protocol  is a key part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Hey that helps a lot, but what is the Kyoto Protocol?)
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  • Global Warming Questions : :: Continue reading...
  • Global Warming What Actions : Kyoto Protocol says target nations should cut CO2 emissions. But scientists believe that won't be enough to stave off further warming. So what can we do? :: Continue reading...

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