Global Warming

Global Warming

Global Warming

Global Warming

Synopsis

In the field of social policy, some topics are so complicated that they will always be subject to debate. Since no clear right or wrong exists, they are consigned to the gray areas of ongoing dispute. Among such issues open for debate both across America and in this eye-opening series are capital punishment, genetic engineering, gun control, and global warming. Others involve terrorism and chemical and biological warfare, two outright evils, though with highly disputable solutions. Open for Debate explores the past, present, and future to shed light on complex, high-priority public policy. a lucid, readily accessible format offers the pros and cons of each issue with opinions from social policy experts. It features sidebars of fascinating facts and easy-to-understand diagrams of key statistics. Open for Debate introduces future public policy thinkers to both sides of twenty-first-century, life-and-death concerns.

Excerpt

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” wrote journalist Charles Dudley Warner more than one hundred years ago. This book is about the weather—specifically, changes in the weather, and what, if anything, people should or can do about them.

Weird Weather

“Cleveland Sets Heat Record,” declared the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on April 17, 2002. the previous day’s temperature had hit 85° Fahrenheit (29°C). in fact, more than eighty U.S. cities had record high temperatures that week. in New York City, the temperature shot up to 96°F(36°C).

Not everyone was basking in the hot sun. Summerlike thunderstorms, tornadoes, and high winds blew across the Great Plains states.

Less than a week later, winter was back. Cleveland’s high temperature on April 22 was just 43°F (6°C). Baseball . . .

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