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Global Warming Is Happening, Whether You Believe It or Not
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
- "Climate's changed before" Climate reacts to whatever forces it to change at the time; humans are now the dominant forcing.
- "It's the sun" In the last 35 years of global warming, sun and climate have been going in opposite directions
- "It's not bad" Negative impacts of global warming on agriculture, health & environment far outweigh any positives.
- "There is no consensus" 97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming.
- "It's cooling" The last decade 2000-2009 was the hottest on record.
Do you believe in global warming?
Global warming facts
Here are some facts about global warming from: dosomething.org
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any point in the last 800,000 years.
- In total, the U.S. emits approximately 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year. 40% of that comes from power plant emissions alone.
- The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) proposed the Clean Air Act to cut power plant emissions by 26% in the next 7 years.
- Since 1870, global sea levels have risen by about 8 inches.
- Consequences of global warming include drought, severe hurricanes, massive fires and melting of the polar caps.
- 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.
- 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%.
- 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.