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Climate Change Debates and Why They Aren’t Related To Science

The massive body of scientists agrees that rapid climate change is happening, and that global warming is a serious issue which is being caused by human activities. However, there are still a few people who are in denial, claiming that global warming is non-sense, and that Earth is just undergoing a normal change that is not influenced by humans. Unfortunately, most of these rely only on cherry picking and on selecting only the facts that suit them, disregarding the overwhelming evidence of human-induced global warming.

Who are the deniers of global warming?

It is peculiar that, despite 97% of climate change experts being certain that global warming is happening and that we have contributed to it, there is a lot of debate going on, especially over the internet. But who are these deniers who dispute the overwhelming amount of studies and data confirming human-induced global warming?

In the scientific community, there is no debate, as these facts are taken as what they are – science. The deniers who are causing all the disputes across the internet are usually politically-biased, media trusts with conservative views, or pseudo-scientists who prefer to show only the facts that seem to contradict global warming as being caused by humans.

All these seem to disregard the 97% of strong scientific evidence that needs no further confirmation. Apparently, biased newspapers seem fixed on amplifying the opinions of only 3% of scientists and non-scientist contrarians. These contrarians start backwards, all their arguments being rooted in their opposition towards climate change solutions, and going all the way back, picking only evidence that confirms their ideologies and predetermined conclusions.

What should be done about it?

Contrarians saying that the majority of the scientific community is wrong all fear that money will be wasted on methods of reducing CO2 emissions. But what is there to lose? Are making our air and water cleaner and moving beyond using fossil fuels which are already limited not worth every cent?

The sad truth is that the climate debate is not at all about science, but about politics and people who are opposing solutions that propose to mitigate gas emissions by pricing them and letting the free market solve this by itself. The scientific evidence is very clear about it – we are causing the global warming. Denying it only makes it worse. Not contributing to a solution means we are part of the problem. So what is there to argue about anyway?

Humanity’s Failure To Manage The Risks Of Climate Change

We are usually very careful when it comes managing risks, no matter how low are the chances of something bad happening. Unfortunately, we don’t apply the same strategy when it comes to climate change, even though the risks of doing nothing far surpass the individual risks we are facing each day.

Our way of managing risks

If we are afraid our home might burn down someday, or if we believe we may be involved in a car accident, then we’re sure to get insurance for them. We know there is a chance of an accident happening, no matter how small it, so we prepare for it. The irony is that we seem fixed on taking all preventive measures in order to reduce risks that may be highly improbable, but we fail to do anything about global warming, which, as most studies estimate, will have catastrophic consequences to people on the entire planet.

Why global warming is not on our list of priorities

earth-216834_640We care so much about our health or our car, and that is why we buy insurances for them. But global warming is just something we hear on TV, or read in a few articles we stumble upon when navigating over the internet. And with the contrarians disputing the strong evidence provided by 97% of the scientific community, there are many doubts concerning our contribution to climate change. People who don’t believe in human induced global warming advocate doing nothing. People who don’t really care and who go on with their lives just ignore the problem, considering it as being non-existing. Even people who do thing global warming is happening and that it poses great risks fail to do something about it.

What we are facing

It’s funny that we get insurance for things that may have 1 in 10000 or even 1 in a million chance of happening, but be aren’t concerned of the fact that climate change is a reality that will have dire consequences in the not so distant future. We can be facing disastrous heat waves, food shortages and world unrest. If the current trends continue, we are likely to be heading towards destroying our entire civilization, yet most of us don’t even care. Come hell and high water is our best so far. Climate change is a reality, not an improbable scenario. We should open our eyes and start searching for viable solutions, unless we are willing to head towards catastrophic consequences that we are really not prepared to face.