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Global warming- is the WSJ accurate in saying that "Altering the Earth’s temperature, of course, is hardly anything new."?

Asked by kevbo (25654points) June 15th, 2009

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Altering the Earth’s temperature, of course, is hardly anything new. Human civilization has been changing the Earth’s environment for millennia, often to our detriment. Dams, deforestation and urbanization can alter water cycles and wind patterns, occasionally triggering droughts or even creating deserts. On a global scale, industrial activity for the past 150 years or so has changed the Earth’s atmosphere, threatening to raise average world temperatures to catastrophic levels, even if we were able to stop releasing carbon into the atmosphere immediately.

To me, this reads as if changes in the earth’s temperature have been human caused for millennia. At the very least, that we’ve been raising global temperatures for 150 years.

Beyond bad writing, I think it’s misleading. What’s your reaction?

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