Global warming issue (summary)

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Points of agreement and disagreement

Point Supporters Opponents
Earth's climate is warming (trend since 1880) scientific consensus a few lone doubters
human activities are influencing that warming (in any measurable amount) everyone nobody
human activities are primarily responsible for that warming US liberals, most UN members very few scientists
CO2 (carbon dioxide) is increasing scientific consensus nobody
CO2 increases are the result of human activity scientific consensus  ?
that modern global warming is mostly the result of human activity IPCC, other government agencies a couple dozen independent scientists, or is this under-reported?
that scientific opinion on climate change almost unanimously supports the theory of Anthropogenic global warming (AGW) Naomi Oreskes's literature search reported in Science, the IPCC, various government agencies, major environmental groups Some surveys, various loudmouth Kyoto opponents
that 1999 was the warmest year on record Mann M&M
that scientists who are "skeptical of the global warming hysteria" are being bribed by lobbyists for the oil companies bloggers (?) Thomas Sowell
scientists and economists "have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report." The Guardian Thomas Sowell; CNN: AEI acknowledges soliciting authors to examine both the "strengths and weaknesses" of the report and did offer an honoraria of $10,000. [2]
that coastal cities are threatened by the higher ocean levels caused by melting ice caps -- including London, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong The Guardian [1]  ?


  1. Sea levels rise by up to 59cm. Bangladesh and Vietnam worst hit, along with coastal cities such as London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Calcutta and Karachi. 1.8m people at risk from coastal flooding in Britain alone. [1]
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