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-Is global warming occurring? -If so, what are the consequences? -Is the climate change being caused by humans? -What evidence suggests that humans are not big contributors to global warming? -What, if anything, should be done? CATO Is global warming occurring? o Temperatures may have increased a slight degree in the past hundred and fifty years, but it’s not the “global warming” hype that so many people make it out to be o “Some of the assumptions made by the UN {about global warming} are dead wrong” – CATO fellow Patrick Michaels (news release 2/6/03) http://www.cato.org/new/02-03/02-06-03r-2.html What evidence suggest that humans are not big contributors? o Claims that the increases in global temperature haven’t risen since 1975 & that much of the increased temperatures today are attributed to an increase in atmospheric dust and tropical cloudiness (news release 2/6/03) http://www.cato.org/new/02-03/02-06-03r-2.html o Majority of computer generated models predict a constant temperature, not an increase in temperature o The Warming has been modest, benign, and centered in the northern latitudes during winter nights (Stop Global Warming?) http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=2717 Precautionary Principle- cited as an over exaggeration, or over generalization, of the facts. They cited the fact that 1/5 scientists confirm global warming, few of those scientists agree on when the effects of global warming will occur & the extent of those effects (Taking Environmentalists Seriously) http://www.cato.org/ pub_display.php?pub_id=4163 o What, if anything should be done? o
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course INTL 3300 taught by Professor Mitchell during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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