Global Climate Change

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R. H. Hammerle, J. W. Shiller, M. J. Schwarz

Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI 48121

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 113(3), 448-455 (Jul 01, 1991) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906251 History: Received September 01, 1990; Online April 24, 2008


This paper reviews the validity of the greenhouse warming theory, its possible impact on the automotive industry, and what could be done. Currently there is very limited evidence that man’s activity has caused global warming. Mathematical models of the earth’s heat balance predict warming and associated climate changes, but their predictions have not been validated. Concern over possible warming has led to several evaluations of feasible CO2 control measures. Although cars and trucks contribute only a small fraction of the CO2 buildup, the automotive industry may be expected to reduce its share of the atmospheric CO2 loading if controls become necessary. Methods to reduce automotive CO2 emissions, including alternative fuels such as methanol, natural gas, and electricity, are discussed. Also, control of the other greenhouse gases, which may currently contribute about 45 percent of the greenhouse warming, is considered.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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