Know the global warming facts before you read the just-released IPCC Report. In Stockholm this week, politicians and scientists are meeting to view the report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regarding the current status of global warming. In 2007, the IPCC received a Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore for their world-changing work.
The following are some facts that debunk global warming myths. Read these before you read the IPCC Report that will soon be released.
Top Global Warming Myths Debunked
Some people argue that with all the abnormal blizzards and record low temperatures happening, global warming is not possible. Unfortunately 2000-2009 was the hottest decade to date according to Skeptical Science. Global warming will affect both the hottest and coldest temperatures and real temperature changes are reflected through long-term trends that still show that the planet is still warming. In 2009, the Geophysical Research Letters journal reported “daily record high temperatures occurred twice as often as record lows.”
Some people claim that the sun is to blame for the planet’s warmer temperatures. Yes, sun activities such as solar flares have caused some warming, but it is an insignificant amount. In 2011, the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics journal reported that the Earth continued to get warm even after a long period when the sun showed low signs of activity.
Some people state that there is no consensus among climate scientists that the Earth is actually getting warmer. However, according to NASA, there is a very big majority: 97 percent of climate scientists actually agree that global warming is being caused by humans and pollution from the way we choose to live.
Some people think that carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a pollutant. Yes, plants do take it in along with water and sunlight to undergo photosynthesis, but too much CO2 caused by various pollutants gets trapped in the atmosphere. Too much heat from the Earth’s surface is causing the greenhouse global warming effect.
Some people point out the supposed climate scientists’ conspiracy to cover up data that shows the Earth is not warming. But a thorough investigation was conducted by two committees: the Independent Climate Change Emails Review (ICCER) and the Independent Scientific Appraisal Panel (SAP). Both committees showed there is no evidence of a scientific cover-up.
Some people state that having warmer weather is actually better for most people, because cold weather can be catastrophic to life. But climate scientists point out that as a whole, the negative impact of warmer weather far outweighs any positive impact. Global warming affects the entire earth’s environment, agriculture, economy and human health. A longer growing season in Greenland could mean an expansion of deserts in Africa that are no longer able to sustain life. Other global effects are: water and food shortages, loss in jobs, and an increase in wildfires.
The following are based on statements made by climate scientist Micheal Mann from Pennsylvania State University on an interview with LiveScience:
Some people have observed that Antarctica is actually gaining instead of losing ice. Climate scientists say that we must consider the difference between land ice and sea ice. Sea ice is not a reliable climate change indicator because it is affected by yearly wind directions and ocean currents changes so it is not easy to identify clear trends. Land ice change is calculated by the difference between accumulation and peripheral loss over several decades. Mann says there is “increased…ice loss at the periphery, primarily due to warming southern oceans.”
And, some people believe that climate change models are unreliable. But scientists are saying that these models are created from the following sources: global temperatures since 1900, physics and chemistry fundamentals, and other general facts about the Earth. Modeling groups take in different types of data to make assumptions about atmosphere, ocean and ice sheet processes, but they are specifically designed to give the most accurate assumptions possible.
Don’t Wait For the IPCC Report
Tim Gore from Oxfam’s Grow campaign recently stated “Just as the evidence of man-made climate change is becoming stronger, so too is our understanding of how it hits people, especially around hunger. We’ve long known that climate change will mean lost crops, but increasingly we’re seeing its impacts through higher food prices, lower earnings, more health problems and lower quality food too.”
Global warming is real no matter what people are trying to say to disprove it. You don’t need to be a scientist to know the facts. Just look at the news and see how many abnormal catastrophes are happening globally. Or better yet, review NASA’s opinion on the matter and the overwhelming body of studies and meta-analyses that prove global warming is a frightening fact.
Some of you may have recently suffered from Typhoon Usagi/Odette. It is a sad reminder of how much our Earth is suffering too from humans still not changing their ways of living. Global warming is real. Those of you who have lost loved ones or your homes to catastrophes have experienced the first-hand destruction of an unbalanced planet.
We don’t need to wait to read the IPCC Report to change our ways. We have to try harder at saving the environment and make changes in our lives today.
The next time you get a car, you can get a more fuel-efficient vehicle. You can look into renewable sources of energy to power your home such as solar panels. Or if you live in a warmer climate, you can simply open your windows more and use less air-conditioning.
These are not drastic changes in living. Some things may cost you more today, but you will actually save more money in the long run and at the same time, help save our one and only home, the Earth.
Written by: Chelo Aestrid