We're heating up, and it's our fault

by Zoe.Papadatos on October 2, 2013 - 12:12pm

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has release a report on climate change. To summarize the report as briefly as I can: climate change is real and it’s our fault. Still, there are some people still in denial.


“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.” This is a sample conclusion from the IPCC report, based on their research. Other major points include: precipitation rates are changing, arctic sea ice is declining, upper ocean heat content is rising, sea levels are rising, acidity of the ocean is rising, and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising. Since the release of this report, deniers have been rushing to undermine the credibility of this report. They spew arguments about how sensitive the atmosphere is to carbon dioxide, the fluctuations is the climate change, and they even talk about the unreliability of the IPCC. However, other climate scientists and policy specialists argue that the report was too general and it did not convey the grave danger of climate change appropriately.


Neil deGrasse Tyson once said: “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.” Now that the IPCC are 95% sure that climate change is real, can’t we move on to more pressing matters other than trying to convince a bunch of nitwits that science is actually real? I’ve started to wonder whether these “non-believers” are ignorant or just pretending to be. I was in awe that people were actually denying global warming before the report, but now I’m just astounded that these people could deny hard facts. But, let’s humour them. Let’s take a look at their arguments. If the atmosphere is so sensitive to carbon dioxide, then we should be taking extra care not to damage it, which means that we should be reducing our carbon dioxide emissions. Secondly, the fluctuation and “pause” of climate change (see graph) does not mean that global warming has stopped. As you can see, the earth is still heating up at an alarming rate compared to previous decades. Lastly, attacking the IPCC is a fallacy and does not change the science behind their findings. Now we know for sure that climate change isn’t just a figment of the overly imaginative minds of our scientists, can we acknowledge the danger and start taking steps to save the future of our planet?




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