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Harnessing the Biosphere to Mitigate Global Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Introduction Global temperatures are rising and the causal relationship to steadily increasing levels of anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs), particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), but also methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), is more than compelling. The underlying mechanism—absorption of infrared radiation by the GHGs and the resultant warming of the planetary surface—is based on irrefutable laws of physics (IPCC 2007) and the principle is confirmed daily by myriads of glass-roofed greenhouses located in the cooler parts of the planet....

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