Benefits of Global Warming

Singer, S. Fred
March 1992
Society;Mar/Apr92, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p33
Academic Journal
This article explores the potential benefits of global warming. One should perhaps recall that only a decade ago, when climate cooling was a looming issue, a U.S. government study calculated a huge national cost associated with such cooling. More to the point perhaps, actual climate cooling, experienced during the Little Ice Age or in the famous 1816 New England year without a summer, which caused large agricultural losses and even famines. If cooling is bad, then warming should be good. This statement is predicated on warming being slow enough so that adjustment is easy and relatively cost-free. Even though some crop varieties can benefit from higher temperatures with either more or less moisture, the soils may not be able to adjust as quickly. Agriculturalists expect that with increased atmospheric carbon dioxide plants will grow faster and need less water.


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