Jan 04, 2017

One of the perks of living in the world of mass media is that you can’t just choose the news you want. You can’t even choose the facts you want. And more and more people are choosing the facts that support their beliefs rather than constructing a belief around the information they have. And this has made the search of truth extremely difficult.

America is going through one of the most politically divisive phases in history. And the more contentious the issue is, the harder it is to reach the bottom of it and separate the fact from fiction. Global warming and climate change is one such issue.

There are two major areas of disagreement on climate change:

  • Is it happening as a result of human activity?
  • What are the best ways to respond to it?

The answers to both questions are crucial for the future of our beautiful planet. But we can’t move on to the solution of the problem without first addressing the nature of the problem itself. Are human beings and human activity behind the gradual warming of the planet? Is the planet even warming in the first place? Fortunately, some people do have answers to these questions. They’re called scientists.

And what do they say?

The earth is getting warmer

One of the things that scientists agree on, almost unanimously, is that the average global temperature is rising. The earth is, in fact, getting warmer. But how do they know that? Well, it’s not that complicated. You can find that out on your own as well.

The scientists went through the available temperature records of the past century and a half. And they found out that the earth’s temperature has increased more than 1 degree (F) across the globe and about 2 degrees (F) in certain regions in the Arctic.

Well, isn’t temperature an ever changing phenomenon, you may ask. Doesn’t it rise and fall every day? You’re right. It absolutely does. This is why scientists rely on average yearly temperatures. And global warming shows an increase in the year’s average temperatures instead of normal, everyday fluctuations.

Human beings are causing it

The United Nations has set up an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which is an organization in which experts from all over the world gather to perform scientific research and gather academic data on global warming. And, according to an assessment report, the IPCC says—with more than 90 percent certainty—that emissions of greenhouse gasses due to human industrial activity are the cause of the increase in global average temperature.

It is important to note here that the IPCC is not a school science project. It is the collection of some of the world’s foremost scientists and leading thinkers and leaders from around the world.

But why do these scientists link global warming to human industrial activity? Do they have strong evidence? They have many. But let’s, for the sake of argument, consider one—the human carbon fingerprint. One of the biggest reasons of increased global temperature is the increased concentration of carbon dioxide.

Scientists have observed the carbon molecule that comes from burning fossil fuels and human industrial activity. And it is significantly lighter than the carbon molecule from other sources. Over the last few years, there has been a significant increase in the concentration of the lighter carbon molecule in the atmosphere, pointing to the unequivocal, indisputable, and inarguable fact.

Yes, global warming is real. And yes, human beings are behind it. 

Thanks for Signing up for ConsumerHacks™

You are now a certified Hacker!

Make sure you add our email to your address book: