Atmospheric dynamics by John Green

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Consequently, climate-change is an issue on which we expect rational arguments, both positive and normative, to be influential. On normative arguments, an explicit debate between competing perspectives, some of which may be directly in contradiction, makes sense. If one group in the climate-change debate argues that our primary obligation is to protect the environment, while another argues for the primacy of individual freedoms, neither of these is right or wrong. It is entirely appropriate for proponents of these contending views to compete to Politics and policy debates persuade policy-makers and citizens.

Second, the vortex of stratospheric winds that surrounds Antarctica in winter should be stronger than usual and persist longer into the spring. And most crucially, the general movement of air under and within the region of depletion should be upward. Although early observations gave limited support to this theory – the vortex did appear to be 33 34 Science, politics, and science in politics unusually strong, and temperatures in October appeared to have grown colder (although not in August or September) – this theory was rejected by 1987 when it became clear that Antarctic air was generally sinking, not rising as the theory required.

Some may expect proposed decisions to benefit or harm them in some concrete way – for example, affecting the health or well-being of their families, helping or hurting their livelihoods, or affecting the value of their property or the profitability of their business. Some may have ambitions to exercise political power or influence. Any of these motivations can bring conflicts between groups seeking to influence policy. My group might compete with yours to be a 3 4 Since this section of the law meets a US obligation under an international treaty – the Montreal Protocol – changing the law to revoke this authority would be likely to put the United States in violation of the treaty.

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