Global Warming Wrap-up for 2004

In 2001, the the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produced a three-volume report on global climate change, concluding there is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years can be attributed to human activities, specifically to an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases". At the request of the White House, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) appointed a panel of scientists to address the issue and examine the validity of the IPCC report. That panel produced its own report, concluding "there is general agreement that the observed warming is real and particularly strong within the past 20 years" and "the changes observed over the last several decades are likely mostly due to human activities". 2004 produced a number of studies further reconfirming these observations, yet mainstream media and various fossil fuel industry front groups continue to argue global warming is a phenomenon of nature, that it's not a significant problem, and that individuals and groups who claim it's a problem are no more than environmental extremists using fear mongering tactics to scare people. They could be no further from the truth, as scientific study results from 2004 attest.

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