posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 01:31 AM
Due to the capitalist nature of America, it is not in the interest to hear news on global warming or anything else for that matter that would mean
slowing economic growth by means of change in the nightly news. I don't know what you mean when you say it's funny that the only place you hear
about global warming is in high school courses. The literatrure is out there. I suggest you look for primary research articles, or even do a google
search. There was recently a study on the Arctic Climate Impact Assesment that can be viewed here
In this report, you will see why it is hard to assess how much heat is absorbed or reflected by the earth. With the changing climate, the natural
albedo of polar areas is changing. To put this another way, we know that white colors reflect light and darker ones absorb it. This report points
out that with increasing temperatures, the vast majority of sea ice and inland glaciers (not the polar caps quite yet at such the same rate) are
melting dramatically. As a result, the light color of the glaciers is replaced by darker land or water that absorbs heat. This processes just
continues as the absorbed heat influences the next ice mass.
Similarly I recommend Red Sky at Morning by James G Speth.
Based on your retoric alone, I figure you may just brush off any facts in these works. For you I recommend one last work,
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Environmental Issues published by McGrawHill.
The Book addresses the primary issues today in concise form and addresses the points from the traidtional republican and democratic party views.
While I feel that one particular article on global climate change seems to be weak in this book, I believe you may be enlightened by some of the other
writings in it.