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January-February 2017

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Is Global Warming Good, or Was Arrhenius Erroneous?

What if global warming is actually a good thing? While there are obviously plenty of data to the contrary, one particularly interesting historical figure identified global warming far before his time and celebrated the changes as good for humanity. It's hard to imagine celebrating global warming in the current climate, but Svante Arrhenius was prescient in his scientific calculations more than a century ago.

STANLEY DAVID GEDZELMAN is a retired professor of meteorology at City College of New York and an executive editor of Weatherwise.       

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