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The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize went to former vice president Al Gore and an international scientific body that warned of serious consequences if Earth's temperatures continue to rise. The award underscored international concerns about Earth's changing climate. Most scientists agree that global warming is a serious threat, and that human beings contribute to it by burning fuels such as oil and coal. Some scientists, however, dispute the link between greenhouse gases and global warming. Many prominent Americans object to putting limits on carbon emissions; they believe that evidence of man-made warming is uncertain and that cutting emissions would cripple the economy while doing little to curb global warming. Environmental Regulations and Global Warming looks at how-and whether-our government should act to protect Earth's climate.
|Publisher:||Facts on File, Incorporated|
|Series:||Point/Counterpoint Series: Issues in Contemporary American Society|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Problem of Global Warming 11
Point: Human Activity Causes Global Warming 28
Counterpoint: Humans Are Not to Blame for Global Warming 45
Point: Global Warming Is a Serious Threat 60
Counterpoint: The Dangers of Global Warming Are Exaggerated 78
Point: Governments, Including Ours, Must Take Action 90
Counterpoint: Kyoto-type Regulation Will Do More Harm than Good 104
Conclusion Dealing with Global Warming 115
Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 131
Elements of the Argument 134
Picture Credits 143