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Global Warming

Provides print and electronic resources on the topic of global warming.

About Global Warming

Rescue from Hurricane Harvey flooding.Though the terms global warming and climate change are often used interchangeably, they have different meanings. Climate change describes long-term shifts in the earth's weather patterns that affect such factors as temperature, humidity, wind, cloud cover, and precipitation levels. Global warming specifically refers to an increase in the Earth's average surface temperatures caused by human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Is the world actually getting warmer?
  • What is the difference between greenhouse effect and global warming?
  • What are the greenhouse gases and why are they important to us?
  • Should we be concerned about global warming?
  • Is the greenhouse effect a serious threat?
  • Why is glacial melt a concern?
  • Is ozone depletion a genuine threat?
  • Discuss the effect of global warming on a particular region such as Alaska?
  • Should the United States sign the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol?
  • Should the Environmental Protection Agency have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from motor vehicles and power plants?