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Global Warming Is Happening, Whether You Believe It or Not

Updated on April 21, 2017

Global warming is real

Science has proven global warming beyond any reasonable doubt. Anyone who believes in the myth of the global warming being a myth is wrong. I find it baffling how people can reject empirical science, but then again, people reject evolution and believe in supernatural deities of varying kinds, so I guess it isn't that stunning.


Global Warming & Climate Change Myths

skepticalscience provides a great breakdown of the arguments against and for global warming.

The site give a list of 176 arguments against global warming and then gives the scientists responses to it. It's a huge, comprehensive list and should be read by anyone who is interested in the common arguments against this scientific fact.

Here are the first five from skepticalscience

Climate Myths vs What the Science Says

  1. "Climate's changed before" Climate reacts to whatever forces it to change at the time; humans are now the dominant forcing.
  2. "It's the sun" In the last 35 years of global warming, sun and climate have been going in opposite directions
  3. "It's not bad" Negative impacts of global warming on agriculture, health & environment far outweigh any positives.
  4. "There is no consensus" 97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming.
  5. "It's cooling" The last decade 2000-2009 was the hottest on record.



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Global warming facts

Here are some facts about global warming from: dosomething.org

  1. Global warming is the increase of Earth's average surface temperature due to greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth.
  2. Greenhouse gases keep heat close to the earth’s surface making it livable for humans and animals. However, global warming is happening largely due to an over-emittance of these gases and fossil fuels (natural oil, gasoline, coal).
  3. With the start of industry in the 1700's, humans began emitting more fossil fuels from coal, oil, and gas to run our cars, trucks, and factories. By driving a “smarter” car, you will not only save on gas, but help prevent global warming.
  4. There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any point in the last 800,000 years.
  5. In total, the U.S. emits approximately 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year. 40% of that comes from power plant emissions alone.
  6. The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) proposed the Clean Air Act to cut power plant emissions by 26% in the next 7 years.
  7. Since 1870, global sea levels have risen by about 8 inches.
  8. Consequences of global warming include drought, severe hurricanes, massive fires and melting of the polar caps.
  9. Heat waves caused by global warming present greater risk of heat-related illness and death, most frequently among patients of diabetes who are elderly or very young.
  10. According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the temperature in the U.S. has increased by 2 degrees in the last 50 years and precipitation by 5%.
  11. Global warming puts coral reefs in danger as warmer water increases the possibility of coral diseases and the rising sea levels makes it more difficult for coral to receive adequate sunlight.

Wait time is over

The world does not have the luxury of waiting and waiting until we eventually get to curbing global warming. We need to get to it now. And we can do a lot right now that would have a positive impact on the environment.

The United State's government can eliminate the influence of big oil in the government and cut ties with it in order to promote greener types of fuel like wind, solar, and water electricity. The U.S. government has the ability to provide research money and incentives to people working on alternative fueled because of it's addiction to oil.

Right now, this may be an impossible goal to hope for the government to do, but there are other ways they can maintain their damaging relationship with oil companies, but also attempt to help the environment. One of those ways is to promote fuel efficiient cars. Simply put, cars that use less oil are better for the environment.

But no matter what action to hep global warming is taken, something needs to be taken as soon as humanely possible because with positive change, we are going to go down a road that will lead us to being in a world where we cannot change or help what will be the eventual consequences of the ignoring of global warming.

Steps that should be taken by the government

  • Tax incentives- the government should be actively encouraging alternative fuels by offering tax incentives for companies and groups that are researching and developing alternative fuels. This will not only encourage people to do more research in this field, but it will also allow for the research to be more affordable than it would otherwise have been. Tax incentives could also be used for the general public to encourage them to save more energy and to use alternative fuel resources.
  • Research- even better than simply giving tax incentives, they can provide funding for research into these alternative fuels, since the improvement and advancement of these technologies will save the public money and help to improve the environment. Improving the environment will help everyone and help the planet.
  • Ridding themselves of big oil- it's beyond obvious the biggest reason the government isn't actively encouraging alternative fuels is the hand of the oil companies in many of the politicians campaigns in the form of campaign donations. If the government wasn't run by money, the ability of big oil to buy our politicians would be damaged severely and the steps above and more could be taken more easily and readily. Real change towards combating climate change could occur if big oil was kept from legally bribing politicians and warping their positions.

Steps that should be taken by individuals

individuals can help put a stop to global warming in their personal lives doing a variety of things. Some of these things are easier than others, but everyone can do something.

  • Recycle-recycling is cheap if not free in most places, and you can get a little money back from recycled cans and glass. Not much, but better than not getting anything for things you would normally throw away. Recycling allows for things to be reused and helps to keep some trash out of the trash heaps.
  • Cars-getting a car that is fuel efficient is mutually beneficial. Using less fuels means savings for you and means less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Both of these are great effects of a smart car. Obviously, not everyone can afford to get a new car, but if you are someone that is in the position of getting a new car, this is something to keep in mind.
  • Solar panels-a big reason that solar panels are not more affordable is because of governmental policy, but as technology in this field advances, the ability for the average person to get this technology incorporated in to their home is becoming more and more feasible. Solar panels allow for the sun to be converted into usable electricity, so being able to get this technology to be a part of your home means that you could save a good deal of money on energy bills. As this technology continues to advance, the ability to get this technology and the potential savings from this only goes up.
  • Driving less-in some climates this is difficult, but walking instead of driving is a simply thing people can do to use less fuel. Using less fuel saves money, and walking is a great way to get exercise and daily activity incorporated into your daily routine.
  • Car pool-riding with a friend or a group of people to places saves on the need for several people to drive and use gas. it's cheaper and easier to do. Not only is there savings on fuel, but there is also savings on parking if the destinations has paid parking.

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    • teamrn profile image

      teamrn 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      I have a different attitude. Sure, if we destroy the environment, we're dead. But, it'll take more than the US and a few nations to prevent that, death is going to happen ANYWAY; death and taxes. (like it or not).

      This is the NOT the hill I chose to die on. I think there are many more important ways issues that we can control. Why spend our time and precious few resources on something we don't have total control over? We don't have total control over climate changes because mother nature is going to do what she's going to do and there are many nations too poor, with different priorities or concerned more about where they're going to get their next meal of paycheck that they are about the changing clime which will or will not toast future generations three times removed.

      My concerns reflect the practicality of where is my next meal coming from, is my husband going to be employed, will the money get us to retirement. It sure didn't prevent bankruptcy and foreclosure. Those are problems that are more urgent than something we may or may not be able to prevent. Those are problems that are more urgent than something we may or may not be able to prevent.

    • junkseller profile image

      junkseller 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      If we destroy the environment, we are all dead. Reason enough alone.

      Or if you'd like an analogy, if your house is on fire, you grab a bucket of water and get to work, you don't stand around criticizing why others aren't doing their share.

      Additionally, moving towards a sustainable future is not a negative cost. It is like being in 1900 and saying we should stick with horse buggies rather than building cars. The sustainable technology entrepreneurs of today are the future's Fords and Dodges.

      The only thing that will be our death is remaining latched on to the obsolete fossil fuel regime.

    • teamrn profile image

      teamrn 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      There may be a warming of the climate, but I have another few thoughts to introduce. The first thought is that to do anything about the ozone would mean that all nations participate. That is no reason for the US not to participate, but so many countries don't have enough $$ to feed their people let alone, spend money on programs to protect the ozone and other environmental efforts by spending money to improve their infrastructure which is likely needed.

      Also, just as many criticize that we are not the world's policemen; Do we spend money that we don't have on making up for the the lack of other countries to help themselves? A noble goal, but we're 'noble goaling' ourselves to death!

    • thunkfulthinker profile imageAUTHOR

      Jim 

      4 years ago from Ohio

      That would be. it would probably be an electric car that has the ability to recharge from the sun, which would be really useful.

    • Say Yes To Life profile image

      Yoleen Lucas 

      4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I hear rumors they can come up with a car that runs on solar energy. Wouldn't that be RAD!!!

    • junkseller profile image

      junkseller 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Scientists studying global warming and climate change consider natural cyclical changes. It is built in to their modeling for anyone who chooses to look. Most of us, however, aren't really qualified to look because it is advanced science which is beyond us. But it is considered.

      It is also very important to understand that it isn't just an issue of change, it is an issue of rate of change. Changing the temperature a few degrees over 1,000 years is very different from changing it a few degrees in a few decades. Biotic communities have some capacity to adapt to changing conditions but if the conditions change too quickly, it can be disastrous. The current rate of change we are witnessing is unprecedented.

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      teamrn 

      4 years ago from Chicago

      I'll grab your loaded pistol that the earth is over time,warming. But isn't there room in that assumption for cyclical changes? As quickly as there is a warming cycle, comes a chilling cycle. Quite, frankly, I can think of other things that will have a greater impact that should occupy our time and ways in which we can make better use of our money than debating if the planet is going to be on fire in a million years or a ice planet. There are ways in which we can effect change, but for a real difference to be made, I believe the WHOLE planet needs involvement and some countries are either ill-equipped or have no finances for it.

    • thunkfulthinker profile imageAUTHOR

      Jim 

      4 years ago from Ohio

      Well said, Junkseller

    • junkseller profile image

      junkseller 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Mann didn't lie. He used a questionable statistical method, but subsequent reconstructions as well as investigations into his work have shown that the statistical method overall was inconsequential.

      Plus, in terms of the science of climate change, that was an eternity ago.

      Atmospheric CO2 doesn't kill anybody and nobody suggests that it does. Rising temperatures, however, do have consequences.

      The notion of extra CO2 benefiting plants is baloney. It is something people say to try to make global warming seem not so bad. In controlled experiments this may be true, but that is only because in such scenarios plants are provided with an infinite amount of other things they need.

      The real world doesn't work like that. Think of it like making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. For that you need jelly, peanut butter, and bread. If you get an extra shipment of bread does it matter? Not really, because you are ultimately limited by how much peanut butter and jelly you have. And if your supplier sends you an extra load of bread at the expense of jelly, you are even worse off. Not only is the extra bread irrelevant but you now have an even more limited essential ingredient.

      It is the same with plants. Extra CO2 doesn't matter if it is too hot, if there isn't enough water, if we have killed all of the bees and butterflies, etc. There might be situations where it is beneficial, but it will not be universal and it is in no way a simple analysis.

    • thunkfulthinker profile imageAUTHOR

      Jim 

      4 years ago from Ohio

      Amazing, climate change deniers. haha

    • Superkev profile image

      Superkev 

      4 years ago

      Somehow I linked to another video, this is the video I meant to link to:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c4XPVPJwBY&in...

    • Superkev profile image

      Superkev 

      4 years ago

      Consensus is not evidence, that is not how science works, and the video I linked addresses this fallacy in the first 5 minutes.

    • BruceDPrice profile image

      Bruce Deitrick Price 

      4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va.

      But still we have to ask the question why did Michael Mann et al think they had to lie? If all the statistics were obviously pointing in one direction, why did this "scientist" feel that he had to invent the hockey stick as a way of dramatizing the sharply rising temperatures? His hockey stick was a preposterous lie, which seems to make sense only if we ignored the Medieval Optimum and the fact that Greenland was once green. but he did lie. And that tells me that they knew they didn't have a good case.

      Also, everyone knows that plants need CO2 to live. If there is more CO2, then your plant life will become more lush. All these scary scenarios, as in this article, seem to assume that CO2 (the stuff we exhale every second) just hangs around around killing people.

    • thunkfulthinker profile imageAUTHOR

      Jim 

      4 years ago from Ohio

      Superkey,

      "97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming."

      http://www.skepticalscience.com/global-warming-sci...

    • Superkev profile image

      Superkev 

      4 years ago

      Anthropomorphic Global Warming is a hoax and has been from the start.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PDC5s3VD7I&li...

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