The key concepts of this question are ‘climate change’ and ‘climate change sceptics’ as a whole, with the question further asking if sceptical views on climate change present a relevant case to the climate change theory. Firstly we should ask what climate change is. Climate change is the significant change to weather patterns over a certain period of time, whether they are considered either directly or indirectly linked to the Earths natural processes or human actions (Hardy 2003, p11; Pielke 2004, p31). A climate change scepic is not to be confused with a climate change denialist From a scientific point of view a sceptic is not someone who simply rejects new claims, ideas or theories as most would think. A sceptic is someone who wants compelling evidence before coming to a conclusion. Scepticism is seen as a method of questioning and further developing new ideas and theories for the benefit of science. (Kemp, Milne & Reay 2010, p637; Bowditch 2010, p43). To answer the question ‘ Do climate change sceptics have a valid case?’ the negative arguments must be outlined before the affirmative. Scientists on both the negative and the affirmative will generally agree that the Earths climate has been changing over millions of years (Plimer 2009, p25; Hardy 2003 p23). The negative believe that human involvement over the last 160 years has amplified the global warming process (Burroughs 2007 p253; Hardy 2003 pp 39-45). The negative have observed record temperatures from observing stations, radiosodes or hot air balloons, satellite thermal readings of the upper atmosphere and thermometers positioned all around the Earth (Hardy 2003 p40; Berliner, M 2003, pp 430-432; Forest, Stone & Jacoby 2002, p48). The findings of these experiments and recorded data have suggested that the global mean temperature has risen by 0.2°c to 0.8°c over the last 100 to 160 years (Freer 2005, p3; National Research Council 2000, p21) Climate scientists have also developed complex mathematical equations and computer models that give a better understanding of how the Earths climate operates and supports the theory of anthropogenic climate change (Ridgewell & Valdes 2009, p565). Now that he negative arguments have been outlined the…
Global warming is one of the biggest social topics of our time. In addition, it is one of the most hotly contested. Nearly everyone believes in the greenhouse effect, which basically means that the sun's warmth is trapped in the Earth's atmosphere by the Earth's natural gasses such as: methane, ozone, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, water vapor, and chlorofluorocarbons. Without the greenhouse effect, we would not be able to live on Earth because it would be too cold. The concept of global warming…
Fight against climate change blocked by Luddites at Big Oil: McQuaig
Published on Monday November 19, 2012
BRUCE CHAMBERS/APOil companies currently have proven reserves of oil, gas and coal worth $27 trillion.
By Linda McQuaigColumnist
In the interest of fighting climate change, most of us avoid buying SUVs — fortress-like vehicles that aren’t necessary unless one intends to take the whole family for a spin through downtown Baghdad.
Most of us also recycle and keep the thermostat…
S1 Climate and Meteorology 06: Global Climate Change
On planet Earth, human and nonhuman factors contribute to
climate change. The article, “Climate Change at the Poles”, discusses
one of the human factors. Rapid climate change is among the largest
hazard to the poles. Atmospheric carbon dioxide has been increasing
for over one-hundred years, with substantial contributions from the
fossil fuels used to power our homes, businesses, and vehicles. Climate
changes are also caused by nonhuman…
Climate change is a more general term that refers to changes in many climatic factors (such as temperature and precipitation) from the global to the local scale. These changes are happening in response to global warming and other factors at different rates and in different ways. For example on a large scale, the United States has become wetter over the 20th century, while the Sahel region of central Africa has become drier. In California, global warming and associated climate change is decreasing…
Climate change is an inevitable phenomenon that is being experienced globally in various forms such as temperature rise. Sea level rise, droughts, floods, hurricanes, landslides, etc. According to the forth assessment report of the IPCC project even with immediate implementation of mitigation strategies global climate change will continue for decades. Climate change is inflicting serious consequences on human wellbeing and will continue to inflict damages in the future. It is estimated that mean…
Arguments Against Climate Change
These are some of the arguments used to prevent effective action on climate change.
Climate change is not occurring
This was the original argument used by the carbon industry to discredit climate change and global warming.
Today the vast majority of world experts on climatic issues agree that it is changing, and that the evidence is there for everyone to witness.
Climate change is good for us
A more recent argument used by the carbon industry…
Summary 1: Changing minds to prevent climate change
According to Michael Price, a monitor of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the author of the article, “Changing minds to prevent climate change,” psychologists could work together with policymakers and the public in order to reverse the catastrophic climate change trends. This may be achieved by policymakers and the public adopting behavioral changing attitude based on systematic approach. Some of the ways to achieve…
Global Warming proponents want us to believe that if the climate changes even a fraction of a degree in either direction, it will mean the end of life as we know it. This presupposes that the current climate, or the climate Earth enjoyed 100 years ago, is the very best possible climate for humanity. What seems to be glossed over is that Global Warming, if it actually happens, will bring a lot of benefits to mankind. It has benefited us every time it’s happened in the past. One major benefit of global…
Our climate has become one of the most important issues in the recently of years. It has shaped public policy and affected how we do business. Knowing how climate change might impact humankind is of utmost significance.
In this proposal, I am considering 5 variables for global warming initiatives in Bowling Green Ohio, and analyzing the data that I will collect. I want to know how these 5 variables are important for global warming in Bowling Green Ohio.
Many people know the global warming…