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Topic: Politics of global warming

  Politics of global warming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The politics of global warming looks at the current political issues relating to global warming, as well as the historical rise of global warming as a political issue.
The primary focus is the political aspect of the mitigation of global warming.
The US government continues to stress the alleged uncertainty of global warming, despite the increasing scientific consensus, and maintains the need for further research before any action is justified.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Politics_of_global_warming   (1074 words)

 Science and Politics and Global Warming | Peter Demenocal | Orion
Global warming is of far larger scope than any single administration can address, and effective policy demands a decades-long, committed, political response.
Cardinal among the climate risks presented, under numerous scenarios, by global warming, is the higher probability of "megadroughts." A megadrought is a very different beast in that it persists for many decades, not just a few years, and affects broad sectors of whole continents.
Global temperatures have changed for many natural reasons, of course, but when scientists try to account for the full record of global temperature changes over the past several hundred years, it is impossible to obtain a close match to the observed temperature curve without including the effects of very recent increases in greenhouse gas concentrations.
www.oriononline.org /pages/om/05-1om/deMenocal.html   (3374 words)

 Politics and the Air Around Us
The issue of a global warming is much clearer today than at any time in the past few decades, but those remaining scientific uncertainties must be put into proper perspective (are they major or minor?), lest they be used to paralyze any action, even educational, on the global warming issue.
If, however, the global warming issue is the only major driving force for an attempt to reduce fossil fuel combustion (or to reduce the other activities that abet the warming such as deforestation), then moving from scientific findings directly to policy formation will not necessarily work.
Among those who consider the global warming issue an ominous environmental change that needs to be dealt with on more than an ad hoc basis, there is debate over whether existing institutions are appropriate for dealing with the issue.
www.ciesin.org /docs/003-073/003-073.html   (8895 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.
Globally it is likely that the 1990s was the warmest decade and 1998 the warmest year recorded (since 1861).
On the basis of the scientific evidence so far and the political response, global warming came on to the United Nations agenda and during the 1990s there were a succession of resolutions aimed at marshalling efforts to counter it.
www.uic.com.au /nip24.htm   (3149 words)

 The Science and Politics of Global Warming - Michael H. Glantz
Popular attention has focused primarily on three key environmental issues of global concern: global warming of the atmosphere, depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer, and tropical deforestation.
For most of the 1980s, the possible consequences of global warming that were reported in the media could be classified as worst-case possibilities.
In the late 1980s, however, there was a backlash against the speculation that global warming was...
www.worldandi.com /specialreport/1992/july/Sa20299.htm   (280 words)

 Economic Dreams - Economic Nightmares: Economics and Politics of Global Warming
The discussion follows on the heels of, Time spotlighting global warming on the cover of their April 3, 2006 issue with the catchy title: Be Worried.
Montana's Gov. Schweitzer is a "global warming" believer and advocates a massive effort to develop coal liquefaction as a means to both wean us from what George W Bush elsewhere referred to as our addiction to foreign oil, and to help in the battle against global warming.
As usual, George Will was steadfast in his opposition to global warming, saying that even if we were experiencing human caused warming, we couldn't afford to do anything about it.
forestpolicy.typepad.com /economics/2006/03/global_warming_.html   (554 words)

 It's All Politics :: Latest Global Warming Hysteria Discussion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
I suspect that the global warming lobby is now in a corner with nowhere left to go except 'up'.
I used to be a global warming sceptic too for a long time but the evidence for it now is overwhelming.
Most of the legitimate scientists who dissent from the MAJORITY findings that average global temperatures are increasing as a result of fossil fuel emissions belong to groups like "The Greening Earth Society," that are funded almost entirely by oil lobbys and Western Fuels Assoc., the largest coal loby in the country.
www.itsallpolitics.com /-vp48747.html   (2552 words)

 Global warming politics in a post-environmental world | By Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus | Grist Magazine | ...
Part of what's behind America's political turn to the right is the skill with which conservative think tanks, intellectuals and political leaders have crafted proposals that build their power through setting the terms of the debate.
Global warming is not an issue that will be resolved by the passage of one statute.
Political proposals that provide a long-term punch by their very nature set up political conflicts and controversy on terms that advance the environmental movement's transformative vision and values.
www.grist.org /news/maindish/2005/01/13/doe-reprint   (12865 words)

 Online NewsHour: Powering the Future: Warming Up -- June 7, 2001
The intensifying politics of global warming in the wake of the summit at The Hague
RAY SUAREZ: But the President is working on an alternative solution to global warming and his spokesman said today the new report gives him a basis of sound science to move ahead.
What kind of energy usage patterns are we going to have, how many people will there be on the planet, what is the trajectory and the numbers of human population, what kind of standard of living are we going to have, so we have to try to make estimates and predictions.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/environment/energy/warming_6-7.html   (1267 words)

 The Politics of Global Warming
Observations of the physical world show that the dates of seasonal events such as animal migrations and river ice breakup have changed, and it is presumed by many researchers that this is partly in response to warmer temperatures across the planet.
But events have shown that a meaningful response to global warming is, after all, more a matter of international diplomacy and national politics than of scientific facts and theories.
The first indication that humans were having a direct effect on the global atmosphere came from the results of a CO -monitoring station located at the top of Mauna Loa (Hawaii) that was established during the International Geophysical Year (1957–1958).
pubs.acs.org /subscribe/journals/tcaw/11/i04/html/04regs.html   (1508 words)

 felixsalmon.com: — The politics of global warming
Climate change is a political issue, but the key task for those who would push it as such is to prevent it from becoming a party political issue.
Crichton, of course, is the novelist and Bush buddy who has carved something of a second career out of asserting that global warming, insofar as it exists, is not much of a problem and is not anthropogenic.
Andy Revkin can say, for example, "that humans are clearly warming the earth and this will have profound consequences later in the century" – but if you don't trust Revkin to accurately summarise what we know and what we don't know, then his years of reporting on the subject will never convince you.
www.felixsalmon.com /000511.html   (1171 words)

 The politics of global warming
On that day he ridiculed the administration's apparent flip-flop on global warming, wondering aloud before millions of listeners whether things would have been much different had political nemesis Al Gore won the presidency.
That is the political agenda behind the global warming scare.
If you still doubt that global warming is real and that humans contribute to it, read the article beginning on page 68.
planetforlife.com /gwarm/globpolitics.html   (1531 words)

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 The Global Warming Information Center
Blog: COP-11 Global Warming Conference Report: Pew Center Admits Kyoto is Dead...
National Policy Analysis #452: Climate Change 2001: A Critique by Gerald Marsh (Note: This critique of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report "Climate Change 2001" is a PDF file and an update of "Global Warming Primer" by the same author.
National Policy Analysis #420: A Global Warming Primer by Gerald Marsh - July 2002 (PDF FILE) (Please note: This is an updated version of National Policy Analysis #316 of the same title, published September 2001.
www.nationalcenter.org /Kyoto.html   (3358 words)

 Global Warming Science Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Current Global Warming Research by the Science and Environment Project.
Global Warming and Vector-Borne Disease: Is Warmer Sicker?
Global Warming: Evidence from the Satellite Record Please note this file is in PDF format and requires Adobe Acrobat viewer.
www.globalwarming.org /science_archive.htm   (505 words)

 NCPA - Daily Policy Digest - Politics Stalls Global Warming Research
As much as half of any artificial global warming that may be due to human activity is caused by the long-distance travel of airborne soot and similar pollutants, says meteorologist James R. Mahoney, assistant secretary of commerce and coordinator of climate change research for the Bush administration.
But research into the phenomenon is being stalled by the politics of global warming, as India in February 2003 persuaded the United Nations Environment Program to drop research efforts.
Soot warms the upper air by absorbing sunlight and artificially cools the earth's surface.
www.ncpa.org /iss/env/2003/pd050603b.html   (376 words)

No one should be surprised that a National Academy of Sciences panel concluded that global warming is an important problem and the planet will warm somewhere between 1.4 and 5.8º C by the end of this century.
Therefore, the warming rate that has been established in recent decades should be the most likely one for the next 100 years, unless all those climate models are wrong.
Radcliffe: Since global climate change is seen as one of the most important environmental issues of the 21st century, there is increasing pressure on business to adopt initiatives to cut greenhouse gas emissions, thought to be a major contributor to global warming.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a3b263e5d56dd.htm   (2066 words)

 The Politics of Global Warming - JREF Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Any analysis on this issue coming out of a think tank that has engaged in global warming contrarianism must be regarded as valueless unless its results have been reproduced independently, after taking account of possible data mining and cherry picking.
For people who believe the climate data is reliable enough to indicate a warming trend that humans may or may not be the cause of, we can conclude that there are two ways to reduce the human effect.
He once again raises Global Cooling, which was an interesting notion, that is still interesting, but never became anything like the issue that Global Warming is. For example, there was nothing like the IPCC created, etc. He is the king of logical fallacies, and should learn them one day.
www.randi.org /forumlive/showthread.php?t=51159   (3504 words)

 Global Warming Tax   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
[snip]Fortunately for now, however, the politics of global warming — established by President Bush, who pulled the U.S. out of the Kyoto Protocol in 2001 — make it unlikely that we will be saddled either by an economy-hurting carbon tax or the dubious trading of hot air.
Global taxes and their ilk will always be written in a very one-sided way; to get money out of the US and into the coffers of socialist states and tin-pot dictators.
Yet, at the Global level, even even if the US eventually had a "seat" or vague "representation" at a world governing body, I reject "representation" in that context, even in a "global" framework.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1402742/posts   (2833 words)

 New Scientist Special Report on Climate Change
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 may have big effect on air pressure
www.newscientist.com /channel/earth/climate-change   (2614 words)

 Jerry Brown: Let the Sun Shine on Politics of Global Warming
Aug 15, 2005 4:25:24 PM I'm all for reducing emmissions and being more energy efficient, but to say that the cause of global warming today is 100% caused by fossil fuels is erroneous.
The threat to the environment goes beyond climate warming and global energy--it goes to the sustainability of the food chain starting in the ability to preserve our nations rivers and oceans from which life intially emerged, and from which it could conceivably end.
We're sorry the pesky media got in there so fast and reported how incompetent this adminstration is. Would have been better if the media had kept their noses out of it and then all those people in the Super Dome would be dead and no one would even have to know about it.
jerrybrown.typepad.com /jerry/2005/08/let_the_sun_shi.html   (5572 words)

 Amazon.com: Taken By Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming: Books: Christopher Essex,Ross ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The authors to their great credit also expose many of the propaganda devices of the establishment and environmentalist proponents of controlling global warming.
Way too many of the media, government and establishment information outlets are controlled by people who uncritically support the global warming hypothesis.
It is not overly ambitious in the scientific concepts it presents to readers who are at least aware of the current global warming discussion, and it remains respectful to the field of climate science.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1552632121?v=glance   (3008 words)

 Politics and global warming
Yet, we see that the "global warming" models adopted by the United Nations in calling for international rationing of energy do not even agree with the past temperature record of the atmosphere as measured by balloons and satellites.
Either the U.N. climate models have not been fitted to the known temperatures at all or else they have been fitted to the NASA surface record — which has obviously been selectively compiled to show rising temperatures that are not occurring in the atmosphere — or to some other biased record that rises with time.
Since atmospheric temperatures for the past 20 years have not risen, the "modelers" are unable to get both the politically correct warming prediction and agreement with the immediate past record simultaneously.
www.kressworks.com /Science/Politics_and_global_warming.htm   (1402 words)

 BBC News | UK POLITICS | Global warming fight 'jeopardised'
The government's plans to fight global warming are being jeopardised by its own new rules on buying and selling electricity, ministers are being warned.
The Energy Minister, Brian Wilson, is to be challenged in the Commons on Wednesday over the new system which, it is claimed, is causing major problems for wind energy and small power stations.
Philip Jackson, from Slough Heat and Power, outlined the problems the rules are causing for his company, which operates the kind of combined heat and power plants the government plans to double in number by 2010.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk_politics/1603845.stm   (507 words)

 Stanford biologist to address politics of global warming in UW lecture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The United Nations-sponsored climate convention in Kyoto last December was a failure, according to an award-winning global warming expert who will deliver the 1998 Evans Lecture at the University of Washington.
In his talk, "The Road To (and From) Kyoto : Where Global Warming Science and Institutional Politics Meet," Stanford University biologist Stephen Schneider will present his case against the Kyoto conference.
Schneider, a noted speaker on environmental policy who has advised the past five presidential administrations, argues that the Kyoto conference failed to recognize the most cost-effective and environmentally appropriate solution to global warming: a fee for dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
www.washington.edu /newsroom/news/1998archive/04-98archive/k042798.html   (289 words)

 Still Waiting For Greenhouse
Other collections of temperature data, such as the Global Historical Climatology Network have other methods of attempting to compensate for such "non-climatic" effects, but for the stations in the USHCN, use the USHCN adjustments.
Recently, the world's media was abuzz with reports from Tasmania that a 160-year-old tidal mark had been found in south-eastern Tasmania, and that scientists had concluded that it showed evidence of `dramatic' sea level rise during the 20th century.
The pre-1940 warming is widely regarded to have been caused by the warming sun during the earlier part of the 20th century.
www.john-daly.com   (4414 words)

 Global Warming
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.
The articles linked to here are written by a wide variety of people, from scientists to laypeople, and their inclusion here should not be read as an endorsement of their positions.
A Leftist Opposed to the Global Warming Treaty (11/8/2000)
www.skepticism.net /faq/environment/global_warming   (540 words)

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