Heat Wave

Choo, Kristin
August 2005
Planning;Aug/Sep2005, Vol. 71 Issue 8, p8
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the danger related to global warming. For planners, global warming is more than a threat. It is a challenge and a responsibility. Carbon dioxide is a natural part of our atmosphere. Like water vapor, it captures some of the energy of the sun's rays and holds it here, warming the planet. But too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leads to too much warming. Not everyone is convinced that the danger of global warming is real. Meteorologist Richard Lindzen is one of the skeptics. He concedes that the world is warming, and that at least part of the phenomenon is probably caused by burning carbon fuels. But he insists that the resulting climate changes will not deviate very much from natural fluctuations. In a survey of 928 papers on global warming culled from a standard scientific data base, Naomi Oreskes, a historian of science at the University of California in San Diego, found none that disputed what she called the "consensus view," that most of the observed warming over the past 50 years is due to human-generated increases in greenhouse gases.


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