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Global warming may not be as dramatic as some scientists have predicted.
Using temperature readings from the past 100 years, 1,000 computer simulations and the evidence left in ancient tree rings, Duke University scientists announced yesterday that "the magnitude of future global warming will likely fall well short of current highest predictions."
Supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, the Duke researchers noted that some observational studies predicted that the Earth's temperature could rise as much as 16 degrees in this century because of an increase in carbon dioxide or other so-called greenhouse gases.
Scientists cool outlook on Global Warming
In new study, ancient and modern evidence suggests limits to future global warming
Originally posted by The_Time_is_now
This is just one study. There have been many more studies that have said that global warming is worse than we realize.
[edit on 4/22/2006 by The_Time_is_now]
Originally posted by spacedoubt
But still the temperature rises. What do we do then?
Originally posted by Toadmund
Well, I farted today, but I ate white meat.
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Why damage the global economy and cause hardship on all the world's people (the cost of curbing carbon emissions will be greater on the poorest nations, as the developed nations can absorb the cost easier) and still face the cost of adjustment?
Originally posted by sardion2000
We can adapt, of that I have little doubt, but when you look at all the problems our addiction causes it just makes sense to start to move beyond a century old technology.