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The Crowded GreenhousePopulation, Climate Change, and Creating a Sustainable World$
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John Firor and Judith Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093209

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093209.001.0001

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A Warming World

A Warming World

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(p.102) 5 A Warming World
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The Crowded Greenhouse
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John Firor

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300093209.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the science of climate change and recapitulates the development of the science in the past 100 years. Earth's average climate has warmed strikingly since 1860. Climate experts have deduced the warming from records of temperature measured at meteorological stations around the world and by observations made from ships at sea. Assembling these scattered records has been a grueling task. Global temperature trends emerge only after the raw data are corrected for missing days, for times when a particular thermometer was replaced with a new one. The chapter explains what the science means and why analysts have confidence in the large computer models that underlie so much of human understanding of global climate change. It also summarizes major global reviews of climate-change research and suggests the implications for policy.

Keywords:   global warming, climate change, meteorological stations, thermometer, weather stations

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