This will be a one question final.  The question is given below so that you have time to thoughtfully consider your response.  While I encourage you to research, discuss, and even write out a response in advance, you may not use any of these materials at the final exam--you must write 'off the top of your head'.

 

The Question:

Although the vast majority of scientists are convinced that global climate change is real and happening (http://www.ipcc.ch/)  there are some skeptics who remain unconvinced. 

Your task is to make a convincing argument either for or against this point of view.  So, you will write a convincing case to present to a skeptic.  This means that you must provide facts and evidence.  Emotional arguments and anecdotal evidence will not be accepted.

Choose ONLY ONE of the following alternatives:

  1. Convince a 'non-believer' that global climate change is real and in progress.  Propose realistic solutions to this problem.

OR

    2.   Take a 'believer' to task.  Pointing out inadequacies in the case for climate change and make a convincing case for why no action is called for.

 

Besides your textbook, it's easy to find online sources.  Just search for 'climate change skeptic' and you'll find sites like

http://gristmill.grist.org/skeptics.

Good luck!

JS