Climatic Change

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 377–390

The carbon dioxide/climate controversy: Some personal comments on two recent publications

  • Peter J. Webster

DOI: 10.1007/BF00212629

Cite this article as:
Webster, P.J. Climatic Change (1984) 6: 377. doi:10.1007/BF00212629


The pervasive opinion on the relationship between the state of the climate and the increasing concentration of CO2 is that a general global warming will occur with social, economical and environmental corollaries that may be adverse. However, there exist a number of dissenting arguments that call for a much smaller increase in global temperature or even an induced global cooling. Furthermore, the positive biological effects of a greater atmospheric CO2 loading are emphasized.

The difference of opinion is highlighted in two recent publications: CO2, Friend or Foe by Sherwood Idso and Carbon Dioxide: A Second Assessment by the National Academy of Science CO2/Climate Review Committee. Using the two publications as focal points, some personal remarks are made regarding the controversy and the relative merits of the scientific arguments.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Webster
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MeteorologyThe Pennsylvania State University, State CollegeUSA

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