Global Warming – Man-made or Natural?

by Kenneth Rundt Kenneth Rundt graduated 1977 from the Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. His main subjects were Physical Chemistry and Quantum Chemistry with Spectroscopics. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry 1989 from the same university. He worked as a university research assistant and teacher until 1980. From 1980 through1999 he worked for Wallac Oy in Turku, which later became a part of the internationl PerkinElmer organisation. He was involved with Reasearch and Development of Liquid Scintillation and Time-Resolved Fluorescence technologies. Between 2000 and 2001 he worked for Arctic Diagnostics Oy in Turku, developing methods and instruments for Time-Resolved Fluorescence and Two-Photon Excitation Fluorescence. Currently he is employed by Bio-Nobile Oy, Turku, as a Production Manager and R&D Manager for Instruments.
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16.06.2008

Abstract

One of the most interesting global questions today is whether the climate is changing and, if it really is, whether the reasons are man-made (anthropogenic) or natural - or maybe even both. The United Nations appointed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has on several occasions warned that the climate is rapidly warming and that the reason for this is mostly the increased amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. This is an example of an "anthropogenic" effect. Former US Vice President Al Gore is known for advocating his "inconvenient truth" about the changing climate and forthcoming catastrophes and that the "science is settled". But the question still remains: is this so called greenhouse effect by the CO2 gas really of importance? How big is the effect on global warming? What other factors (or "forcings") are involved? Can we trust the IPCC and Al Gore? IPCC talks about a "science consensus" that the CO2 is to blame. But is this really true? Some say "No". There is an increasing group of "climate sceptics" comprising various professionals, non-professionals, scientists, economists, etc., who ask questions and do not accept that scientific issues can be solved by a consensus vote.

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