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Global Warming Gets Real

Bush gets scientific report, with humans held mainly responsible

A scientific report confirming that global warming is real and that humans are probably major contributors to it was given to the Bush administration yesterday, according to this USA TODAY story.

The report, written by the private National Academy of Sciences and commissioned by the White House, comes just a week before President Bush heads to Europe, where his refusal to join the so-called Kyoto Protocol -- a world treaty to help curb global warming -- is sure to be a hot topic.

CBS News quotes the new report as saying, "The primary source [of global warming], fossil fuel burning, has released roughly twice as much carbon dioxide as would be required to account for the observed increase" in temperature.

Bush advisers now are trying to hammer out an alternative to the Kyoto pact. But that plan faces staunch opposition in Europe, according to USA TODAY.

The United Nations issued a report in January warning of the worsening effects of global warming. An Almanac of Policy Issues article details the report.

This map shows areas of the globe affected by the warming atmosphere.

For another take on the issue, the Heritage Foundation explains why some people say the Kyoto treaty would be an economic disaster for the United States and the rest of the world as well.

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