The Inconvenient Truth about the Causes of Global Warming
Nir Shaviv (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
Monday 14th March 2011, 12:00 noon
Pratt conference room, 60 Garden Street
The 20th Century has seen a notable temperature rise, generally
attributed to the greenhouse effect of anthropogenic gases, and a
future "business as usual" policy is generally believed to be
catastrophic. I will show, however, that the story is not that simple.
I will address the following questions, all of which have a far from
trivial and often surprising answer: How large is the greenhouse
effect? Could some of the temperature rise be natural and not
anthropogenic? If so, what is this natural driver? How sensitive
really is Earth's climate? What should we expect in the future? How
effective will the implementation of a cap and trade agreement be?