Climatic Change

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 377–390 | Cite as

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

  • Peter J. Webster


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.


Dioxide Carbon Dioxide Biological Effect Global Warming Focal Point 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1984

Authors and Affiliations

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

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