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Temperatures rising over Congress

Scientists warned members of Congress last month that humans are altering the climate of the earth faster than they can predict the consequences of these changes. They called for an international commitment to slow these changes and for increased research efforts to understand the climate.

Testifying before both Senate and House subcommittee hearings, scientists discussed rising global temperatures and the global loss of stratospheric ozone. The Senate hearing was called to assess the current state of global climate research while the House is specifically considering whether to fund the National Climate Program, which coordinates research to understand the future of the global climate.

Although scientists are far from a complete understanding of the complex relationships that determine the climate, they believe that increased atmospheric levels of certain gases such as carbon dioxide will ultimately raise global temperatures, as will the destruction of tropical rain forests. New studies suggest that the climate can change quite rapidly, in the space of a few decades.

Many scientists and legislators called for an international year of atmospheric research that would be modeled after the 1957 International Geophysical Year.
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Title Annotation:scientists warn Congress about rising global temperatures
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Date:Aug 8, 1987
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