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It is by now widely accepted that our planet will undergo an unusual warming within the next 100-200 years as a result of anthropogenically generated CO(2) and other greenhouse gases. It is interesting to look into the earth`s paleoclimateic temperature/atmospheric CO(2) concentration interrelation in order to see whether such a warming is really unprecedented. In the past, the frequency of the climate cycles were slow so that over thousands of years the temperature gradients which the planet underwent were small. This time, the predicted temperature gradients will be steep. The foreseen alarming climatic effects of an unusual and sudden warming have received wide publicity. Complex climatic mechanisms are not sufficiently well understood to predict the future greenhouse warming with absolute certainty. It can only be advantageous to reduce the burning of fossil fuels, for example by using hydrogen.

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Authors: GRETZ J, JRC Ispra Estab. (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: FORENERGY 88, Geneve (CH) Nov.7-10, 1988
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34420 ORA
Record Number: 198910246 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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