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Climatic effects of increased industrial activity upon the world's established agro-ecosystems
- Idso, S.B.
- Agro-ecosystems 1974 v.1 no.1 pp. 7
- agroecosystems, anthropogenic activities, atmosphere, carbon dioxide, climate, elevated atmospheric gases, fossil fuels, global warming, heat production, humans, industry
- The major effects of human industrial activity upon the global climate are considered. The direct production of heat plus the increase in atmospheric CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels have both long been recognized as having a warming influence upon the global climate. New evidence is cited for believing that the addition of aerosols to the atmosphere by man will also tend to warm the earth. Thus, the potential effects of a mean global warming trend upon other climatic elements and some of the earth's established agro-ecosystems are investigated. Examples of both direct and indirect types of effects are given, plus some recommendations for contemporary research required to meet the challenge of future climatic change.