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    For those seeking to repel the arguments of the hear-no-evil, see-no-evil crowd:

    The IPCC, the largest world body studying climate change, taking into account every piece of peer-reviewd literature on the subject, has warned of the dangers of global warming with increasing certainty since 1995. Their most recent paper, the 2001 Third Assesment Report (TAR) had their strongest confirmation yet:

    "In the light of new evidence and taking into account the remaining uncertainties, most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely to have been due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations."

    2001 Third Asssessment Report (TAR)

    Secondly, Nation Academies of Science. The National Academies of Science of all the G8 nations - America, Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Germany, Canada, Japan - plus that of emerging economies China and India published a joint statement before the recent G8 meeting at Gleneagles that was almost entirely ignored by the press. They confirmed that the evidence was so overwhelming as to warrant immediate action.

    National Academies of Science Statement

    Some other links:

    Oreskes, 2004, in Science Magazine, which reviewed the body of peer-reviewed literature and found not a single published work which argued directly against climate change evidence, which the author found 'remarkable.'

    The American Meterological Society (AMS) which stated:

    There is now clear evidence that the mean annual temperature at the Earth's surface, averaged over the entire globe, has been increasing in the past 200 years. There is also clear evidence that the abundance of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased over the same period. In the past decade, significant progress has been made toward a better understanding of the climate system and toward improved projections of long-term climate change... The report by the IPCC stated that the global mean temperature is projected to increase by 1.4°C-5.8°C in the next 100 years... Human activities have become a major source of environmental change. Of great urgency are the climate consequences of the increasing atmospheric abundance of greenhouse gases... Because greenhouse gases continue to increase, we are, in effect, conducting a global climate experiment, neither planned nor controlled, the results of which may present unprecedented challenges to our wisdom and foresight as well as have significant impacts on our natural and societal systems. It is a long-term problem that requires a long-term perspective. Important decisions confront current and future national and world leaders.

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    In conclusion, an excellent post and I hope these links come in useful to anyone else interested in the subject.

    Mephistopheles

    A conservative understands the price of everything, but the value of nothing.

    by Mephistopheles on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 06:13:35 AM PST

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