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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 26, 2005 / 21 Av, 5765

Global Warming Controversy vs. Health

By Drs. Michael A. Glueck & Robert J. Cihak

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Everybody agrees that climate has changed in recent centuries and will almost certainly change in the future.

"What to do?" it is the question.

In the past, humans moved to better climates. At one time, Greenland supported vineyards and thousands of people. Not today. Everybody moved out.

Climate has changed a lot lately, judging from data encoded in Greenland and Antarctic ice cores, ocean floor sediments, tree rings and other records.

Long cold periods interspersed with significantly warmer periods dominate the long term climate pattern. Today, we're into one of these warm periods (appropriately called "interglacial") between long ice ages.

Many years ago, judging from the Antarctic ice core taken at the Vostok station, Antarctica was more than 5 degrees Centigrade (or 8 degrees Fahrenheit) colder than today.

Many factors are important in climate change patterns, including tectonic continental drift, ocean currents, cosmic rays, sunspots, insulating "greenhouse" gases in the atmosphere and other factors. The most important of these greenhouse gases is water vapor. Carbon dioxide is less important.

Most scientists believe that climate will continue to warm up a bit in the next several decades. Given our limited knowledge of the factors causing climate change, no one seems able to predict the degree of future warming or cooling accurately, judging from the different predictions made by different scientists.

Would the suggested treaties and laws cause a significant change in global climate? If the whole world achieved the drastic changes in energy use and lowered carbon dioxide generation to the degree called for by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, scientists estimate the global cooling produced would be less than 0.1 degree C. by the year 2050. This is unlikely to produce a detectable change in the course of future global climate.

But, if fully implemented in the United States, adherence to the Kyoto protocol would cut our GDP by at least $400 billion every year for the foreseeable future, or $1,000 for every man, woman and child. This much money means a lot to most people, especially the poor.

In other words, the Kyoto protocol won't make a significant difference in future climate and therefore doesn't make much sense.

Here in the United States, Senators McCain, Lieberman and Bingaman are pushing for legislation that would cut the projected increase in global warming even less but would cost less. This makes even less sense.

Finally, different states and even cities are proposing legislation to limit carbon dioxide generation; such local efforts can only be expensive in terms of human health and well-being and will have no impact on climate. This is crazy.

Let's get back to square one. Wealthy is healthy. People's health and lives are better, longer, more productive and more fun in wealthy societies than in poor ones.

All the proposed measures to combat global warming are harmful and very expensive. They would diminish the resources available to adapt to climate change or any other new challenge. But that would make us less healthy.

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The current controversy is not so much about the history of the world's climate. It's more about what might happen in the future. There's more controversy about what, if anything, human beings can do about this future. The greatest controversy is about how to allocate our available and limited resources.

Should we gamble on the possibility that making ourselves poorer today might make us better off 50 years from now? Or, should we develop and compound our health and wealth to be better able to meet whatever the future might hold?

We find it much better to devote resources to improving human health and economic conditions than to waste them in futile efforts to "save the glaciers."

These climate control proposals can only degrade human health and conditions of life for the foreseeable future.

Someday, our children and grandchildren will look back on these days and see the current global warming scare as another example of the foolishness of humankind, perhaps at the hand of "climatic fundamentalists." Let's hope the global warming scare is just a footnote to history and has not caused another great disaster visited on our children and grandchildren.

Editor's Note: Robert J. Cihak wrote this week's column.

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Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., is a multiple award winning writer who comments on medical-legal issues. Robert J. Cihak, M.D., is a Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Both JWR contributors are Harvard trained diagnostic radiologists. Comment by clicking here.

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