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“Looks like, uh, a third of a degree.” A third of a degree Celsius in a hundred and twenty years. Not very dramatic.” She pointed to the graph. “And what was the warmest year of the last century?” “Looks like 1934.” “Does this graph indicate to you that global warming is occurring?” “Well. The temperature is going up.” “For the last thirty years, yes. But it went down for the previous thirty years. And current temperatures in the US are roughly the same as they were in the 1930s. So: Does this graph argue for global warming?” “Yes,” Evans said. “It’s just not as dramatic in the US as it is in the rest of the world, but it’s still happening.” “Does it trouble you that the most accurate temperature record shows the least warming?” “No. Because global warming is a global phenomenon. It’s not just the US.” “If you had to defend these graphs in a court of law, do you think you could persuade a jury of your position? Or would a jury look at the graph and say, this global warming stuff is nothing serious?” “Leading the witness,” he said, laughing. In fact, Evans was feeling slightly uneasy. But only slightly. He’d heard such claims before, at environmental conferences. Industry hacks could slap together data that they had massaged and twisted, and give a convincing, well-prepared speech, and before Evans knew it, he’d start to doubt what he knew. As if she were reading his mind, Jennifer said, “These graphs show solid data, Peter. Temperature records from Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University. Carbon dioxide levels from Mauna Loa and the Law Dome ice cores in Antarctica.*All generated by researchers who believe firmly in global warming.” “Yes,” he said. “Because the overwhelming consensus of scientists around the world is that global warming is happening and it is a major worldwide threat.”

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“And we know that carbon dioxide—the gas we all worry about—has increased the same amount everywhere in the world…” She pulled out another graph:

Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory. and the Carbon Dioxide Research Group. Boulder CO 80303. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Is that evidence for global warming? * South Pole. Pieter Tans. La Jolla..“Yes…” “And its effect is presumably the same everywhere in the world. Lee S.htm .S.gov/trends/co2/contents. D. Keeling. Mauna Loa: C.A. You can drive between them in three hours. Yet one got a lot warmer and the other got slightly colder. Seychelles: Thomas J.” “Yes…” “But New York and Albany are only a hundred forty miles apart.esd. Conway. T. Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO). U. Waterman. See http:// cdiac. Their carbon dioxide levels are identical. CA 92093. Whorf.ornl. That’s why it’s called global warming. University of California. 325 Broadway. P.