Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Why is climate change happening?

The science still doesn't fully agree on why exactly is climate change happening though the dominant opinion seems to be because of the increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

The others believe this is purely the nature's cycle and humanity and industry aren't to blame for ongoing climate change.

This divided opinion among mainstream scientists is making climate change issue a very controversial question and a highly debated topic.

If we go with the majority of scientists then we should blame our industry and our dependence on fossil fuels for the growing climate change impact. Under this scenario the only solution to tackle climate change is to significantly reduce the global level of greenhouse gas emissions.

So if we do know the proper solution for tackling climate change why don't we use it to remove all fears about the future doomsday scenarios caused by climate change? This is the question we should be asking world leaders because all they do is talk.

They talk and talk and there is still no climate change deal in sight because of the difference in opinion between countries. It's like nobody wants to do the first move, and they seem to be all afraid of the potential damage to industry if they decide to go for the cuts in emissions.

What about climate change? Why aren't we afraid of it? Why aren't we afraid of frequent extreme events, extinction of species, acidity of our oceans, droughts, floods, new diseases and all the other „scary stuff“ connected with out future climate?

It seems like we are waiting for worst to happen in order to react and this is anything but a good policy, especially when climate change is involved.

The science is warning us that we must do our best to avoid the global temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius and how are we responding to it? By increasing greenhouse gas emissions even more.  The year 2009 was the only recent year when global greenhouse gas emissions went down and this was only happening because of the global financial crisis.

There are also people who believe that climate change isn't happening and that science is making this up. I don't see the purpose in science lying to us, what exactly would scientists achieve with it?

The truth seems to be very scary and could become even scarier if we fail to act immediately. Climate change must become the top issue on global political agenda. The ignorance won't do this time because we are talking about global phenomenon that could change the lives of our future generations. There's simply too much at stake to just continue business as usual scenario. Let’s act before it’s too late.

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