POL101 12-6-11 Notes

POL101 12-6-11 Notes - POL 101 12/6/11 Climate Change...

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POL 101 12/6/11 Climate Change Social Dimensions
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Climate Change Global warming (climate change): increasing world’s average temperature Greenhouse gases (e.g., carbon dioxide) are slowly warming the planet Humans are emitting greenhouse gases Increasing temperature may have a dramatic effect on global climate, weather patterns, and ultimately society
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The Global Environment
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State of science and society Question Scientists Politicians General public Is global average temperature rising? 99.9% “yes” (100% confidence) Mostly “yes”, including Republicans Mostly “yes” Is global warming caused by humans? 98% “yes”, 2% “no” (90% confidence) Mostly divided: Democrats: “yes” Republicans: “no” Mostly divided
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“Skeptical Science” http://www.skepticalscience.com/ (somewhat similar to WikiPedia) (quick summary: http://www.skepticalscience.com/print.php ) 130+ arguments challenging global warming and anthropogenic climate change 130+ responses on the basis of scientific peer-reviewed articles: basic, intermediate, and advanced versions of the answer
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What can be done? Cut emissions!
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course POL 101 taught by Professor Sekercioglu during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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POL101 12-6-11 Notes - POL 101 12/6/11 Climate Change...

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