Global Warming: Is it Real?


This year's unusually warm winter, plus the news on Mar. 19 that an ice shelf the size of Rhode Island had disintegrated in Antarctica, seem likely to add to speculation that global warming, presumably caused by so-called greenhouse gases is starting to happen.

Those two events may also refocus attention on President George Bush's decision last year not to sign the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, a multination agreement aimed at curbing greenhouse gases that the U.S. had been expected to endorse. The President argued that abiding by the protocol would hurt the American economy.

How do you view the debate over global warming? What, if anything, do you think should be done to address climate change? That's the question posed in this BusinessWeek Online Reader Survey.

Please remember that this isn't a scientific poll, since it merely gathers the opinions of everyone who chooses to participate. Still, this is an important issue, on which we would like to hear your views. Please check back in a few days to see the results -- and thanks for participating.

1. Do you think that global warming is starting to occur?

Yes

No

Don't know

2. Do you think that global warming would pose a danger to humans?

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No

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3. If global warming is occuring, do you think humans have the ability to slow it?

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4. Would you be willing to change your lifestyle significantly to try to ward off global warming?

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5. Would you be willing to try new technologies -- such as alternative-fuel cars or solar collectors to power your home?

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No

Don't know

6. Do you think President Bush should reconsider and sign the Kyoto agreement to curb greenhouse gases?

Yes

No

Don't know


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