Lecture 37

Lecture 37 - Lecture 37 The Global Warming Debate The...

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Lecture 37: The Global Warming Debate The debate about Global Warming is not strictly (or even mostly?) a scientific one. It involves the public and policy makers at all levels of government on a national to global scale. The debate includes significant philosophical issues about whether we can believe scientists, whether we care what happens to others, and what (if anything) we can/should do about it.
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Variety of Arguments The controversy is made up of separate issues relating to global warming which are sometimes mixed together by proponents of one view or another. 1 Whether the climate is changing at all - or beyond natural variations. 2 Whether human/industrial activity is responsible for (all or any part of) the change. 3 How large future changes will be. (Lecture 35) 4 What will be the consequences of climate change. (Lecture 36) 5 What are the best responses to climate change. (Lecture 38) 6 Whether decisions require less uncertainty. (Lecture 38)
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Natural Variability? - I One argument is whether the data (actual temperature estimates) for global warming are correct.
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2009 for the course GEOL 150Lxg taught by Professor Stott during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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