Jan 11, 2007

Global Warming

The surface of the earth has been warming, the average temperature increasing, for several years. People studying this do not agree on the cause of the warming trend. Some say that man has caused the change; others claim that it is a natural trend.
For several years believers and skeptics have argued about the causes of global warming. The problem is complicated because believers warn that man-made causes if left to advance too far may be irreversible. Reduction of the rainforests, continued growth in hydrocarbon industries, increases in livestock, and depletion of the ozone are all considered factors in the debate. Skeptics maintain that the climate change is a natural phenomenon, that man's effect on nature is largely overrated. The fact is that for several years, the earth's temperature is rising. The problem remains in deciding what if anything we can do about it.

Earth on Fire (NASA Classroom of the Future™)
Are our industrial and agricultural practices changing Earth's climate? You'll examine humankind's impact on the global environment as well as Earth's past in an attempt to answer this important question.
Global Warming at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This site presents information on the very broad issue of climate change and global warming.
Similar Websites:
2) Global Warming/Climate Change Theme Page at Community Learning Network
3) Global Warming at Environmental Defense http://www.edf.org/programs/GRAP/
4) Global Warming Central at Pace University
Global Warming at Skepticism.Net
If some environmentalists are to be believed, we are on the verge of massive global climate change which will see a significant rise in sea levels, chaotic weather patterns, and catastrophic droughts all caused by small increase in global average temperature. This site provides links to resources skeptical of those sort of doomsday scenarios.
Related Websites:
2) Global Warming: Scientific Debate at Idea House: National Center. for Policy Analysis http://www.public-policy.org/~ncpa/hotlines/global/gwhot1.html
3) Global Warming: Fact or Fiction http://www.ameritech.net/users/storm8/global.htm
Warming of the Earth from Woods Hole Research Center
This site is a beginner's guide to understanding the issue of global warming.
What do you think" Fact or Fiction - perhaps another convenient "issue" for the '08 elections..After all, they're gonna need a "Platform"!

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