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Global Warming: A Guide to the Science reviews the scientific literature concerning the environmental consequences of increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the most prominent greenhouse gas contributed by human activities. The authors conclude that increases during the twentieth century have produced no deleterious effects upon global climate or temperature. Increased carbon dioxide has, however, markedly increased the growth rates of plants as inferred from numerous laboratory and field experiments.

There is no clear evidence, nor unique attribution, of the global effects on climate of CO[subscript 2] resulting from human activities. Meaningful assessments of the environmental impacts of such anthropogenic CO[subscript 2] are not yet possible because estimates derived from models simulating global and regional changes in climate on interannual, decadal, and centennial time-scales remain highly uncertain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889751873
Publisher: Fraser Institute, The
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Series: Risk Controversy Series
Pages: 62
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents

About the authorsviii
Atmospheric carbon dioxide11
Atmospheric and surface temperatures14
Modeled effects of increased atmospheric CO[subscript 2]26
Effects of increased CO[subscript 2] on plants34
Literature cited45

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