Global Climate Change and the Human Response
April 21, 2007
is now little debate within the scientific community that
the Earth is warming. While not all scientists agree on
the extent of human impact or on what the consequences
of warming will be, a group of 2,500 top scientists from
more than 130 nations and representatives of 113 governments
recently called global warming ‘unequivocal’,
and concluded that human activity is the main driver, 'very
likely' causing most of the rise in temperatures since
1950 (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth
Assessment Report, 2007). As a result, considerable debate
is currently being focused on how human society should
respond to the challenge of global climate change. Depending
on views of the degree of anthropogenic climate change
and other considerations, viewpoints range from advocating
governmental legislation, to voluntary reductions of carbon
emissions and investment in innovative high-tech solutions.
A science presentation explained the current science of
global warming, the means by which scientists evaluate
the effects of human activities, and predict the impact
of future climate change. In this light, panelists
discussed the range of human responses to global warming
and the potential roles played by government, business
and private citizens.
to download Dr. Fung's PowerPoint presentation.
Click to download
Dr. Benford's PowerPoint presentation.
featured panelists offered different perspectives on the
approaches required to deal with climate change. Panelists
included: (click name for bio)
Inez Fung, Sc.D.
Professor of Atmospheric Science at UC Berkeley and Co-Director of Berkeley Institute of the Environment
Gregory Benford, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics at the University of California at Irvine
President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce
Former Assemblymember (D-Agoura Hills), Senior Climate Advisor, National Resources Defense Council
Los Angeles City Council President
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