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Tedious Calculations of Extraordinary Interest

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0031
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter focuses on scientific endeavors to calculate how much radiation the carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere absorbs and so determine the effect of changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide ... More


Destructive Criticism

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0032
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter discusses the demise of Svante Arrhenius's theory that he proposed to account for the ice ages. In the 1890s, as Arrhenius was making his onerous calculations, scientists like Samuel ... More


Why Climate-Change Skeptics Are Wrong

Kristin Shrader-Frechette

in What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199794638
eISBN:
9780199919277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794638.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Chapter 1 begins by stressing the severity of climate change (CC) and showing how, contrary to popular belief, atomic energy is not a viable solution to ... More


A Unique Experiment of Planetary Dimensions

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0033
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter discusses Gilbert N. Plass's experiment designed to “reappraise the carbon dioxide theory of climatic change.” One reason that Guy Stewart Callendar's 1938 paper did not inspire ... More


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