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  NRDC: Global Warming Basics
Global warming is already causing damage in many parts of the United States.
Of course, the impacts of global warming are not limited to the United States.
Global warming is a complex phenomenon, and its full-scale impacts are hard to predict far in advance.
www.nrdc.org /globalWarming/f101.asp   (1679 words)

  Global Warming - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Global Warming, increase in the average temperature of the atmosphere, oceans, and landmasses of Earth.
The chief cause of this warming is thought to be the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, which releases into the atmosphere carbon dioxide and other substances known as greenhouse gases.
This temperature rise is expected to melt polar ice caps and glaciers as well as warm the oceans, all of which will expand ocean volume and raise sea level by an estimated 9 to 100 cm (4 to 40 in), flooding some coastal regions and even entire islands.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761567022/Global_Warming.html   (1834 words)

  Global warming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Global warming is the observed increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans in recent decades.
Warming is expected to affect the number and magnitude of these events; however, it is difficult to connect particular events to global warming.
Global warming from carbon dioxide radiative forcing is expected (perhaps somewhat surprisingly) to cool the stratosphere.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Global_warming   (7091 words)

 Global Warming -- Research Issues
This warming is largely attributed to the increase of greenhouse gases (primarily carbon dioxide and methane) in the Earth's upper atmosphere caused by human burning of fossil fuels, industrial, farming, and deforestation activities.
Finally, human health is also at stake, as global warming may result in the spreading of certain diseases such as malaria, the flooding of major cities, a greater risk of heat stroke for individuals, and poor air quality.
While a component of recent global warming may have been caused by the increased solar activity of the last solar cycle, that component was very small compared to the effects of additional greenhouse gases.
solar-center.stanford.edu /sun-on-earth/glob-warm.html   (1498 words)

 Global Warming Myths and Facts - Environmental Defense
The most respected scientific bodies have stated unequivocally that global warming is occurring, and people are causing it by burning fossil fuels (like coal, oil and natural gas) and cutting down forests.
This is actually in line with climate model predictions that global warming would lead to a short-term accumulation of ice in the cold interior due to heavier snowfall.
Global warming, on the other hand, is the increase in the earth's average temperature due to the buildup of CO and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human activities.
www.environmentaldefense.org /page.cfm?tagID=1011   (2417 words)

 Learn more about Global warming in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Global warming is an increase over time of the average temperature of Earth's atmosphere and oceans.
Evidence of global warming is uneven with certain places, especially the north shore of Alaska, showing dramatic rises temperature far above the average for the globe as a whole [1].
Global warming causes the sea level to rise mainly because sea water expands as it warms, but some scientists are concerned that in the future, the polar ice caps and glaciers may melt.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /g/gl/global_warming.html   (3074 words)

 Global warming - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Global warming describes an increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans.
The terms global warming or anthropogenic global warming are also used to describe the theory that increasing temperatures are the result of a strengthening greenhouse effect caused primarily by man-made increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
In common usage, the term "global warming" generally implies a human influence — the more neutral term climate change is usually used for a change in climate with no presumption as to cause and no characterization of the kind of change involved, such as the Ice Ages.
www.startsurfing.com /encyclopedia/g/l/o/Global_warming.html   (4825 words)

 global warming - briefing document   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Global warming is the fourth of a series of briefing documents on the problems of power consumption, posed by the steady depletion of fossil fuels and most particularly of pumpable oil.
While the general consensus is that global warming is occurring and is in part caused by human activity [anthropogenic], anyone who tells you that global warming is understood and proven (or disproven), followed by some trite reason, simply does not understand the situation.
The influence of the Sun on the Earth is seen increasingly as one cause of the observed global warming since 1900, along with the emission of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, from the combustion of coal, gas, and oil.
www.abelard.org /briefings/global_warming.htm   (6422 words)

 EEK! -Global Warming is Hot Stuff!
The increase in greenhouse gases is expected to raise the average global temperature of the planet by 2 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 50 to 100 years.
Global warming: It is more than just a game of up-and-down on a thermometer.
Other say global warming is occuring faster because of human beings and that human beings can stop it, or slow it, if they so choose.
www.dnr.state.wi.us /org/caer/ce/eek/earth/air/global.htm   (1170 words)

 Global Warming In Brief - Q&A
Although the climate has warmed slightly in the last 100 years, 70% percent of that warming occurred prior to 1940, before the upsurge in greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes.
The idea that global warming would melt the ice caps and flood coastal cities seems to be mere science fiction.
Because of the devastating effects that global warming policies will have on economic growth, the treaty that was discussed in Kyoto in December 1997 currently excludes developing nations.
www.globalwarming.org /article.php?uid=65   (1128 words)

 Global warming - Facts from the Encyclopedia - Yahoo! Education   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Much of the debate surrounding global warming has centered on the accuracy of scientific predictions concerning future warming.
To predict global climatic trends, climatologists accumulate large historical databases and use them to create computerized models that simulate the earth's climate.
Nonetheless, for some time there has been general agreement that at least part of the observed warming is the result of human activity, and that the problem needs to be addressed.
messenger.yahooligans.com /reference/encyclopedia/entry/globalwa   (687 words)

 Global Warming - Kids Page: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change
"Global warming" refers to the increase of the Earth's average surface temperature, due to a build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
If the warming gets worse, as scientists expect, there may be some kinds of plants and animals that become extinct (disappear completely) because they can’t move to new homes.
Scientists agree that the burning of fossil fuels is causing global warming.
www.pewclimate.org /global-warming-basics/kidspage.cfm   (618 words)

 NCDC: Global Warming
Global surface temperatures have increased about 0.6°C (plus or minus 0.2°C) since the late-19th century, and about 0.4°F (0.2 to 0.3°C) over the past 25 years (the period with the most credible data).
Temperature trends in the lower troposphere (between about 2,500 and 26,000 ft.) from 1979 to the present, the period for which Satellite Microwave Sounding Unit data exist, are small and may be unrepresentative of longer term trends and trends closer to the surface.
Global mean sea level has been rising at an average rate of 1 to 2 mm/year over the past 100 years, which is significantly larger than the rate averaged over the last several thousand years.
www.ncdc.noaa.gov /oa/climate/globalwarming.html   (3143 words)

 Global warming, photography, pictures, photos, climate change, impact, science, weather, arctic, antarctica, climate ...
The World View of Global Warming project is documenting this change through science photography from the Arctic to Antarctica, from glaciers to the oceans, across all climate zones.
The 2005 average global temperature equaled (within several hundredths of a degree) the record warm year of 1998, according to meteorologists.
World View of Global Warming is a project of the Blue Earth Alliance, Seattle Washington, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
www.worldviewofglobalwarming.org   (1359 words)

We are all contributors to global warming and we all need to be part of the solution.
The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-political effort to declare that global warming is here now and it’s time to act.
If you’re not already convinced that global warming is an issue that you need to care about click here to learn why.
www.stopglobalwarming.org /default.asp   (282 words)

 Climate Change and Global Warming - Global Issues
With global warming on the increase and species and their habitats on the decrease, chances for ecosystems to adapt naturally are diminishing.
However, it is believed that global dimming caused the droughts in Ethiopia in the 1970s and 80s where millions died, because the northern hemisphere oceans were not warm enough to allow rain formation.
Global dimming is also hiding the true power of global warming.
www.globalissues.org /EnvIssues/GlobalWarming.asp   (1904 words)

 Global Warming > Environmental Policy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Although global warming has been described as the greatest threat facing mankind, the policies designed to address global warming actually pose a greater threat.
Luckily, predictions of the extent of future warming are based on implausible scientific and economic assumptions, and the negative impacts of predicted warming have been vastly exaggerated.
In the unlikely event that global warming turns out to be a problem, the correct approach is not energy rationing, but rather long-term technological transformation and building resiliency in societies by increasing wealth.
www.cei.org /sections/subsection.cfm?section=3   (465 words)

 Global Warning @ National Geographic Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Global warming can seem too remote to worry about, or too uncertain—something projected by the same computer techniques that often can't get next week's weather right.
Globally, the temperature is up 1°F (.5°C) over the past century, but some of the coldest, most remote spots have warmed much more.
Global temperatures are shooting up faster than at any other time in the past thousand years.
magma.nationalgeographic.com /ngm/0409/feature1   (1164 words)

 EO Library: Global Warming
With the possible exception of another world war, a giant asteroid, or an incurable plague, global warming may be the single largest threat to our planet.
Some possible effects of global warming are the inundation of low-lying islands due to rising sea levels, increased frequency of severe storms, and the retreat of glaciers and icecaps.
But to gain an understanding of global warming, it is necessary to get to know the science behind the issue.
earthobservatory.nasa.gov /Library/GlobalWarming   (330 words)

 Special Report on Climate Change - New Scientist
And Earth has probably never warmed as fast as in the past 30 years - a period when natural influences on global temperatures, such as solar cycles and volcanoes should have cooled us down.
Climatologists reporting for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say we are seeing global warming caused by human activities and there are growing fears of feedbacks that will accelerate this warming.
Global warming has made the water less salty over the past half century, through increased rain and melting, and the trend looks set to continue
www.newscientist.com /channel/earth/climate-change   (1679 words)

 Global Warming Awareness - Submit your slogan about global warming | Stop Global Warming
Global warming at the extremes of the earth: Habitats and cultures everywhere react to climate's rapid changes.
Global warming is an increase in the earth's temperature due to fossil fuels, industry, and agricultural processes caused by human, natural, and other gas emissions.
Some believe that pollution causes global warming, but the fact is global warming is the result of burning fossil fuels, coal, and oil that release carbon dioxide.
globalwarming-awareness2007-arshad.com   (638 words)

 Global Warming - science
In colloquial usage it often refers to the enhanced global warming which is considered likely to occur because of the increasing concentrations of certain trace gases in the atmosphere.
Global emissions are expected to be about 50% higher in 2010 than in 1990.
The global atmospheric concentration of methane has increased from a pre-industrial value of about 715 ppb to 1732 ppb in the early 1990s, and is 1774 ppb in 2005.
www.uic.com.au /nip24.htm   (2349 words)

 Katrina's real name - The Boston Globe
When a severe drought in the Midwest dropped water levels in the Missouri River to their lowest on record earlier this summer, the reason was global warming.
In July, when the worst drought on record triggered wildfires in Spain and Portugal and left water levels in France at their lowest in 30 years, the explanation was global warming.
When the US press has bothered to cover the subject of global warming, it has focused almost exclusively on its political and diplomatic aspects and not on what the warming is doing to our agriculture, water supplies, plant and animal life, public health, and weather.
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/08/30/katrinas_real_name   (650 words)

 BW Online | August 16, 2004 | Global Warming
The global conveyor is driven by cold, salty water in the Arctic, which sinks to the bottom and flows south.
Perhaps the central debate in global warming now is not about the underlying science, but whether it's better -- and cheaper -- to take steps to prepare for or prevent climate change now, or to simply roll with the punches if and when it happens.
In Arizona, startup Global Research Technologies LLC is developing systems that use solvents to grab CO out of the air and isolate it for disposal.
www.businessweek.com /magazine/content/04_33/b3896001_mz001.htm   (4604 words)

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