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The climate change debate

Mark Maslin

in Climate Change

Third edition

Published in print October 2014 | ISBN: 9780198719045
Published online October 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191788376 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198719045.003.0002

Series: Very Short Introductions

The climate change debate

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‘The climate change debate’ describes the combination of factors that led to recognition and acceptance of climate change, including that it was anthropogenic, beginning with climate change science research carried out in the 1950s and early 1960s. The next stages of research into this area came later in the 1980s: the observed upturn in the global temperature data set; the increased knowledge of past climate change; significant advances in global climate modelling; the emergence of global environmental awareness; increased media interest in the confrontational nature of the debate; and finally politicians and economists taking the climate change threat seriously since the late 1990s.

Keywords: Svante Arrhenius; carbon dioxide; climate change; data; general circulation; global; greenhouse effect; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Roger Revelle; temperature

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Subjects: Climate Change ; Environmental Science ; Conservation of the Environment (Environmental Science) ; Earth Sciences and Geography

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