CO2 and global warming

09/04/2000
A scientist central to early alarm about global warming now recommends that remedies focus on greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide. His move does not represent retreat from an aggressive position in global-warming politics. It nevertheless demonstrates uncertainty in the complex science behind the issue. And it underscores an unfortunate tendency of international politics to lurch toward costly error.The scientist is James E. Hansen, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who during the warm summer of 1988 told a congressional hearing chaired by then-Sen. Al Gore that the planet was warming due to an accumulation of green...
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