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Special Issue 1997

The Climate Dice are Loaded

James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and adjunct professor of geological sciences at Columbia University, is a leading authority on global warming.

New York - Yes, the world is getting warmer. This warming is not blatantly obvious, because it is smaller than shorter-term chaotic climate variations - the random atmospheric fluctuations that also make weather patterns unpredictable for periods longer than several days. But the warming is apparent is systems, such as mountain glaciers, that respond sluggishly to climate change, thus damping our chaotic weather fluctuations.

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