Global warming in the American mind : the roles of affect, imagery, and worldviews in risk perception, policy preferences and behavior /Leiserowitz, Anthony Allen, January 2003 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Oregon, 2003. / Typescript. Includes vita and abstract. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 199-210). Also available for download via the World Wide Web; free to University of Oregon users.
An investigation of the psychology of global warming perceptions, predictors of behavior, and the persuasiveness of ecological footprint calculators /Truelove, Heather Barnes. January 2009 (has links) (PDF)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Washington State University, August 2009. / Title from PDF title page (viewed on Sept. 9, 2009). "Department of Psychology." Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-188).
Hmielowski, Jay D.,
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Thesis (M.A. in communication)--Washington State University, May 2007. / Includes bibliographical references (p. 52-57).
Bostick, Matthew C.
Thesis (M.S.)--The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009. / Directed by Anne E. Hershey; submitted to the Dept. of Biology. Title from PDF t.p. (viewed May 13, 2010). Includes bibliographical references (p. 33-39).
Extra media influences on the issue-attention cycle a content analysis of global warming coverage in the People's daily and the New York times, 1998-2007 /Ma, Xiaofang. January 2008 (has links)
Thesis (M.S.)--Ohio University, August, 2008. / Title from PDF t.p. Includes bibliographical references.
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Sanli, Dogan Ugur
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Ndung'u, Nugi James
15 October 2009
This research report provides the reader with an overview of the current state of Earth as far as global warming and climate change is concerned. I describe how global warming is largely a consequence of humanoid behaviour from our past to our present behaviour focusing on self-centred materialism and consumerism. In the current economic paradigm, selfishness has become a prized commercial resource as humans continue to plunder, dominate and use earth’s resources with impunity. I explain ways in which the traditionally conceived views humans had concerning nature, including support by some religions, are changing, albeit slowly. This is accomplished by looking at changes in some concepts in two of the world’s major religions: Christianity and Islam. I describe the current physical state of the environment as the resource for human life. Because of its current state, I look at the importance of an ethical view of the environment. My major focus though is on the ways in which the emergence of the concept of international environmental law and its principles such as equitable utilization and apportionment have relevance and may prove to be the best deterrent in the attempt to stem global warming. I conclude this overview by making suggestions and recommendations concerning the Kyoto protocol - and how global warming can be tackled through an effective legal regimen.
Fow, Alista John
Abstract This thesis examines global warming and the possible contribution that ozone depletion provides to this warming. An examination is performed to determine the extent of any warming/cooling events within the Earth-atmosphere system. The change in energy corresponding to this warning of the Earth- atmosphere system is estimated as being equivilent to an increase of mean solar input of 0.22W/m2. This is compared to the predicted changes of solar input for the two most common global warming scenarios: greenhouse gases and solar irradiance variance; and for a less well explored scenario, snow-ice albedo change. Examination of ozone depletion data shows that an absence of ozone in the stratosphere produces an increase in UV-B radiation at the surface of the Earth. This increase in UV-B light has not previously been thourougly examined in any of the global warming scenarios. This is presented as a fourth scenario for global warming. An analytical three layer model of the Earth-atmosphere, based on an earlier two layer model, is developed. Using this model it is determined that greenhouse gases, solar irradiance, snow-ice albedo feedback and ozone depletion can cause warming of the Earth's atmosphere. After comparison with other models, a snow-ice albedo mechanism is incorporated into the three layer model. This produces an amplification effect of any warming that occurs. Compared to the observed increase of surface temperature between 1975-2000 of 0.55 K, the model using a snow-ice albedo feedback, produced an increase of temperature of 1.4 K for greenhouse gases, 0.294 K for a solar irradiance increase and 0.119 K caused by a decrease in the ozone layer. Of the greenhouse gas, solar irradiance and ozone depletion scenarios, ozone depletion demonstrates the most realistic relative changes with a cooling of the stratosphere and a warming of the troposphere and Earth's surface as has been observed. It is concluded that ozone depletion is likely for a reasonable part of observed global warming.
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Over the last century, increases in anthropogenic greenhouse gases and global temperature in the atmosphere has drawn our attention to changes in extra tropical cyclones which influence daily weather patterns in the mid and high latitudes and redistribute energy, momentum and moisture across the globe. This study is aimed at examining changes in extra tropical cyclones: observed over the past two decades using the NCEP-DOE reanalysis II data (NCEP2); and simulated in the CSIRO Mark2 atmosphere-ocean coupled general circulation model (GCM) with increasingCO2. Furthermore, we attempt to explore the physical mechanisms driving such changes by modelling idealised experiments with the Melbourne University atmospheric GCM. The Melbourne University cyclone finding and tracking scheme is utilised to detect and track cyclones observed in NCEP2 and simulated in the two models. / The study demonstrates significant changes in Southern Hemisphere (SH) cyclone features from 1979-2000. SH cyclones have decreased in their number at the surface but increased at the 500 hPa level. On the other hand, SH cyclone physical features such as intensity, radius and depth have significantly increased over the two decades at the mean sea level and 500 hPa level. Moreover, cyclones became vertically better organized in both hemispheres, and particularly in the SH. The changes in the characteristics of Northern Hemisphere (NH) cyclones were statistically less significant than their SH counterparts in the period of 1979-2000. / Results from the coupled climate model simulation with enhanced CO2 suggest general reductions in cyclone frequency and intensity throughout the troposphere between the surface and500 hPa level but increases in cyclone radius and organization of vertical structure. These changes are persistent throughout the entire transient run with increasing CO2 and during a 100 year stabilisation period. It is found in the CSIRO simulation with enhanced CO2 that the geographical changes of cyclone features are similar in both hemispheres and between the surface and 500 hPa level. Furthermore, we conclude that some observed changes in extra tropical cyclone features seem to follow the patterns of simulated changes with increasing CO2 from 1xCO2 to 2xCO2 particularly in the SH. / Modelling latitudinal temperature gradient at different levels of the troposphere has revealed that the warming over the tropics at the upper troposphere causes cyclone frequency and depth to increase in the high latitudes but decrease in the mid latitudes. By contrast, the warming over the high latitudes at the lower troposphere results in decreases in the cyclone features in the high latitudes but increases in them in the mid latitudes. Therefore, the warming over the tropics seems to play an important role in the changes in SH summer cyclone frequency and depth appearing in the simulation with enhanced CO2, whereas the warming over both tropics and high latitudes affects the changes in SH winter cyclone features. In the NH, the change in latitudinal temperature gradient seems less influential in the changes of cyclone features than it does in the SH.
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