Martin, Jonathan E. Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
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The rise in the surface temperature of the Earth. Global warming is one of the names given to the systematic increase of globally averaged surface temperature that has been measured since the mid-nineteenth century. There is abundant evidence that this particular episode of temperature increase is far more rapid than anything experienced on Earth in at least the last 800,000 years. This fact, coupled with analysis of trends in the atmospheric composition, underlies the consensus view among atmospheric scientists that the current temperature rise is a direct consequence of human activity. See also: Atmosphere
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