Is there anything I can do? Fly less, drive less, waste less. You can reduce your own carbon footprint in lots of simple ways, and most of them will save you money. 10 Things That Don’t Disprove Global Warming. The EPA Climate Change Kids Site. Why we care about the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming. Three distinct studies using four different methods have independently shown that the expert consensus on human-caused global warming is 97 ± 1%.
The result is the same whether we ask the experts’ opinions, look at their public reports and statements, or examine their peer-reviewed science. Even studies that quibble about the precise percentage have accidentally reinforced the 97 ± 1% consensus. The evidence is crystal clear that humans are the main cause of the current global warming, and the expert consensus reflects the strength of that body of evidence.
It’s not easy to convince 97% of scientific experts about anything – that requires some powerful scientific evidence. And yet public opinion is a very different story. The sources of this disparity and how it can be corrected are the subjects of an intense debate amongst social scientists. The other school of thought, led by Dan Kahan at Yale, argues that the problem boils down to cultural biases. Global warming is real, and it’s our fault — let’s fix it. EDITORIALS August 20, 2013 5:20PM storyidforme: 53814643 tmspicid: 19835014 fileheaderid: 9082689 Updated: September 22, 2013 6:25AM It’s us.
We did it. And now we have to fix it. It’s hard to imagine drawing any other conclusion from the latest news on global warming, this time from the preeminent body on the topic: The odds are at least 95 percent that human activity is the cause of warming of the planet since the 1950s, a United Nations panel of experts has concluded in a draft report leaked to Reuters and the New York Times. IPCC Surer Than Ever About Human-Caused Climate Change. But the international panel of experts is less sure how that will affect people in specific places. Coal Plant A Intermountain Power Project coal-burning plant in Utah Utah Geological Survey What debate ? A recent draft of an international consensus report offers stronger-than-ever evidence that global warming is driven by human activity. Experts Surer Than Ever of Manmade Global Warming. Oslo.
Climate scientists are surer than ever that human activity is causing global warming, according to leaked drafts of a major UN report, but they are finding it harder than expected to predict the impact in specific regions in coming decades. The uncertainty is frustrating for government planners: the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the main guide for states weighing multibillion-dollar shifts to renewable energy from fossil fuels, for coastal regions considering extra sea defenses or crop breeders developing heat-resistant strains. How to talk to a conservative about climate change. Our climate change debate is stuck in a “left-wing ghetto.”
That was one provocative conclusion reached during a high-level panel of politicians, environmental thinkers, journalists and business people in London, England. “[Twenty] years of ‘awareness raising,’ grandiose pleas to save the planet, lots of talk about sacrifice, apocalyptic messages and photos of polar bears,” a recent summary report explained, “have trapped climate change in a niche that it urgently needs to break out of.”
Recent polling numbers support the panel’s claims. Less than half of Britons firmly believe human activities are causing climate change, Angus Reid data from this spring suggested. The figures were similar for Americans. Only 58 per cent of Canadian respondents agreed “global warming is a fact and is mostly caused by emissions from vehicles and industrial facilities” — even though 97 per cent of climate scientists believe that to be true. 1. Environmental arguments often evoke both. 2. 3. 4. 5. 119 One-Liners to Respond to Climate Science Myths. How to get Republicans to stop using the “I’m not a scientist” dodge. In 2012, when Sen.
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was asked by GQ how old the Earth is, he demurred, “I’m not a scientist, man.” This was not a smooth move. It made him sound like a dumb frat boy. You don’t need to be a scientist to know the Earth is roughly 4.54 billion years old, any more than you need to be a scientist to know the Earth is round or it revolves around the sun. Find climate change terrifying? Stephen Colbert has a refreshing solution. It’s been a bummer couple of weeks when it comes to apocalyptic climate change news.
First, the National Climate Assessment came out, letting us know that, hey, climate change got our invitation and may be showing up a little early to the party – in fact, it’s already in the corner eating all the dip, guzzling all the drinks, and trying to light the couch on fire. Then, that darn West Antarctic ice sheet decided it had enough and is in irreversible collapse. “It is so terrifying,” Stephen Colbert says, “that it left a carbon footprint … in my pants.” So, what can the carbon-soiled among us do? Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come. Photo YOKOHAMA, Japan — Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported on Monday, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.
The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, concluded that ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or in some cases going extinct. The oceans are rising at a pace that threatens coastal communities and are becoming more acidic as they absorb some of the carbon dioxide given off by cars and power plants, which is killing some creatures or stunting their growth, the report found. Continue reading the main story Video OPEN Photographs. Trapped Antarctic Methane Could Escape, Worsen Warming.
Swamp gas trapped under miles of Antarctic ice, a chemical souvenir of that continent's warmer days, may someday escape to warm the planet again, an international team of researchers report in Nature this week. The researchers suggest that microbes isolated from the rest of the world since the ice closed over them, some 35 million years ago, have kept busy digesting organic matter and making methane—a much more effective greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Scientists Uncover Evidence Of Impending Tipping Point For Earth. By Climate Guest Contributor on June 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm "Must-Read: Scientists Uncover Evidence Of Impending Tipping Point For Earth" Image: Cheng (Lily) Li.
JR: If we stay anywhere near our current greenhouse gas emissions path, we will cross many climate tipping points this century.
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