Still Climate Change Denial ?

The world is getting hotter.  Climate systems in all regions of the world are changing.

We were told that the 1990’s were the hottest decade ever, that sea levels rose by 10 cm during the 20th century, and that carbon dioxide levels are 31% higher than when the records begun.

There’s an overwhelming scientific evidence to prove that climate change is human-induced and closely connected to fossil fuel energy usage. 

Last COP21 has overwhelming consecrated the scientific evidence that indicates that climate change is real and should therefore be fought back, if only for the sake of reducing generational differences.

We propose below this article of The Conversation of 25 January 2015.

We just had the hottest year on record – where does that leave climate denial?  . . .  [ms-protect-content]

By Stephan Lewandowsky on 25 January 2016

At a news conference  announcing that 2015 broke all previous heat records by a wide margin, one journalist started a question with “If this trend continues…” The response by the Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Gavin Schmidt, summed up the physics of climate change succinctly: “It’s not a question of if…”

Even if global emissions begin to decline, as now appears possible after the agreement signed in Paris  last December, there is no reasonable scientific doubt that the upward trends in global temperature, sea levels, and extreme weather events will continue for quite some time.

Politically and ideologically motivated denial will nonetheless continue for a little while longer, until it ceases to be politically opportune.

So how does one deny that climate change is upon us and that 2015 was by far the hottest year on record? What misinformation will be disseminated to confuse the public?

Global Average Temperatures

Research has identified several tell-tale signs   that differentiate denial from scepticism, whether it is denial of the link between smoking and lung cancer or between CO2 emissions and climate change.

One technique of denial involves “cherry-picking”, best described as wilfully ignoring a mountain of inconvenient evidence in favour of a small molehill that serves a desired purpose. Cherry-picking is already in full swing in response to the record-breaking temperatures of 2015.

Political operatives such as James Taylor   of the Heartland Institute – which once compared acceptance of the science of climate change to the Unabomber  in an ill-fated billboard campaign – have already denied 2015 set a record by pointing to satellite data, which ostensibly shows no warming for the last umpteen years and which purportedly relegates 2015 to third place.

Read full article in THE CONVERSATION.

 

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