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Global Warming -- FAQs

Global Warming FAQs


Where are the data that show global warming is largely attributed to the increase of greenhouse gases in the Earth's upper atmosphere caused by human burning of fossil fuels?

The statement is described and justified by quite a number of scientific studies and detailed in several places. The most thorough and extensive studies have been by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international group of scientists associated with the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations. A summary of their 2007 report is available at Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis (Summary for Policymakers)

The IPCC summary details both the data indicating the existence of global warming as well as potential causes. After examining various possible natural causes, the data seem to rule them out. The determination from the committee is that the causes are anthropological. A good number of summary graphs, charts, and tables of data are included, with pointers to sources of original data. The IPCC complete reports are available through several pointers at IPCC Assessment & Special Reports. One example is: Technical Summary.

The IPCC was informed by studies done by a number of other groups around the world. One local example is the US Climate Change Science Program. Their website points to some of their studies.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration's website on Global Warming answers a collection of scientific questions and summarizes information from a number of reports.

The scientists who have been doing the recent research on global warming most commonly present their work through the American Geophysical Union. The AGU is a worldwide scientific community that "advances, through unselfish cooperation in research, the understanding of Earth and space for the benefit of humanity." It is made up of of tens of thousands of PhD researchers worldwide. They have no particular political agenda other than to learn how natural processes work and make that information known. Based on the outcome from a considerable number of studies reported in their organization, the AGU has issued a statement: AGU Statement on Global Climate Change

The American Meteorological Society is another organization of scientists that promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Based on data reported through their organization, they have also issued a statement on global changes: Climate Change -- An Information Statement of the American Meteorological Society (Adopted by AMS Council on 1 February 2007) Bulletin of the American Meterological Society, 88.

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