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Title: The great climate debate

There is no doubt that human activity is increasing the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Whether that spells sweeping global climate change is still much debated. Should we act to blunt the impact in the face of this uncertainty The authors thinks so. The paper presents data on the rise in atmospheric CO{sub 2}; projected rises in CO{sub 2}, methane, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluoro-carbons; the changing pattern of global CO{sub 2} emissions from North America, USSR and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Developing Countries, and others; the results of 3 computer models of climate change; and the contribution to global warming from various human activities.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. (National Academy of Engineering (USA))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5397662
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Scientific American; (United States); Journal Volume: 263:1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; GREENHOUSE EFFECT; DECISION MAKING; AGRICULTURE; CARBON DIOXIDE; CLIMATE MODELS; CLIMATES; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; ECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; EMISSION; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; EUROPE; FOSSIL FUELS; GLOBAL ASPECTS; HEATING; INDUSTRY; LAND USE; METHANE; NITROUS OXIDE; NORTH AMERICA; ORGANIC CHLORINE COMPOUNDS; ORGANIC FLUORINE COMPOUNDS; PRODUCTION; TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT; ALKANES; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CARBON OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; ENERGY SOURCES; FUELS; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; HYDROCARBONS; MATHEMATICAL MODELS; NITROGEN COMPOUNDS; NITROGEN OXIDES; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; ORGANIC HALOGEN COMPOUNDS; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS 540120* -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (1990-); 010900 -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Environmental Aspects