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    Global Warming, Climate Change and Albedo

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    1.In preparation for the 1992 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Rio de Janeiro, President George H. W. Bush's top economic adviser gave an address in Williamsburg, Virginia, to representatives of governments from a number of countries. He told his audience not to worry about global warming because, the average temperature increases scientists are projecting were much less than the temperature increase he experienced in coming from Washington, D.C., to Williamsburg, Virginia. What is the fundamental flaw in this reasoning?

    2. What will be the likely effect of clearing forests and converting them to grasslands and crops on (a) the earth's reflectivity (albedo) and (b) the earth's average surface temperature? Explain.

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    Environmental chem
    1.In preparation for the 1992 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Rio de Janeiro, President George H. W. Bush's top economic adviser gave an address in Williamsburg, Virginia, to representatives of governments from a number of countries. He told his audience not to worry about global warming because, the average temperature increases scientists are projecting were much less than the temperature increase he experienced ...

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    The expert determines why the effects of global warming cannot be measured in a short time span. How clearing forests will affect earth's reflectivity and surface temperature are given.

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