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Introduction: Summary History of Climate Change Science
History in Hypertext

The Modern Temperature Trend
Past Cycles: Ice Age Speculations
          Temperatures from Fossil Shells )
Rapid Climate Change
          Radiocarbon Dating

The Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Effect
          Roger Revelle's Discovery
          Other Greenhouse Gases
Aerosol Hazes
Biosphere: How Life Alters Climate
Changing Sun, Changing Climate
Ocean Currents and Climate

Simple Models of Climate
          Chaos in the Atmosphere
          Venus & Mars
General Circulation Models of the Atmosphere
          Basic Radiation Calculations

          Arakawa's Computation Device

Impacts of Global Warming
The Public and Climate (300kb)
          Wintry Doom
          Ice Sheets & Rising Seas
Government: The View from Washington, DC
          Climate Modification Schemes
          Money for Keeling: Monitoring CO2 Levels
International Cooperation
          Climatology as a Profession
A Personal Note
          Talking Points
Reflections on the Scientific Process

Timeline of milestones, external influences
Bibliography by author (413kb)

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