Climate change is a very serious issue for not only the well being of our planet Earth but the well being and survivals of us, as a species. Chances are that, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so, you are aware of this. Heck, even if you’ve been ice skating with some emperor penguins in the Antarctic or fishing with a few polar bears in the Arctic you’ve would’ve noticed the melting ice and glaciers slowly breaking down. Though not as heavily publicized and valued, maybe rightfully so, as cancer awareness, the AIDS epidemic, or even the rising population paired with dwindling resources, climate change has been gaining notoriety at fairly quick pace.
In my opinion and I’m sure many people would agree with me, one of the biggest problems facing the battle against climate change is perhaps the transfer of essential information regarding the topic. Scientists, most of whom have exclusive background in the sciences do not always have the easiest time conveying the information concerning climate change to politicians and policy makers, most of whom usually have very little to no formal training, especially of higher level, in the environmental sciences. Perhaps, in their attempt to “dumb down” the stats and details of climate change, they accidentally downplay the importance or even severity of the problem. This is why it is important that every student, no matter field of interest should be exposed to sciences as well as other fields.
Now, so far I have said that we have a bunch of smart scientists with their lab coats, their stats, and details facing a bunch of politicians in their thousand dollar suits and ties with matching cufflinks trying to figure things out. But, I want to bring it down a step to the everyday citizen who either knowingly or unknowingly faces the consequences of not only climate change itself but the results of the decisions made by those in authority concerning the issue. Let’s me start of by asking you, the reader, how much do you know about climate change. Never mind whether you are concerned, aware of, or even dismissive of the fact, just ask yourself how much you and even the people around you actually know about climate change. Then ask yourself, of what you do know, how much of that is fact and how much fiction. Now before you go into deep thought about this allow me to ask you this: How can people in society really push towards combating and bringing about change regarding climate change if we aren’t aware of the basics, the simple facts about the issue? How much can you trust politicians who have their own agendas on mind when they inform the public or even the media which are a part of huge media conglomerates which too have hidden agendas? Maybe now you’re thinking that this all seems like too much work for you in your busy lives so I will tell you what. I’ve gone and done the research and I want to present to you some misconceptions and facts about climate change. I hope that in doing this I bring not only awareness but also some good information so that you can come to your own conclusions. As I said before, “The more you know the better opinions you can form!” So with that being said let me present you with what I promised.
Climate Change is causing global temperatures to rise at a rapid rate.
Well I’m pretty sure you’ve heard someone exclaim, probably during a harsh winter storm, “If there is global warming, how come the weather isn’t warming up?” To be honest, I admit to naively wondering the same thing. The truth of the matter is though that on average the Earth has only warmed up by around 0.6 degrees Celsius over the last century and only 1.0 degrees Celsius in the past two decades. Even the record highs that are glorified on the news are only based on records kept since the 1860’s. But wait, before we start jumping for joy and running back to your local Hummer dealer, let us remember that although there has not been a huge change in temperature, global warming and climate change are still very real and even a slight change in temperature such as this can disturb the balance of the Earth.
Global warming is the main cause behind extreme weather.
Yes it seems to make sense that global warming be the sole cause of the extreme weather since it is an extreme phenomenon but there have not been enough documented studies or proof to provide a definitive answer. The El Nino Oscillation is a major cause of bizarre weather and not really connected to the climate change. Although it is quite possible that the warming of the planet could possibly affect the El Nino effects, this phenomenon has been cause of bizarre weather in the past.
Pollution, nuclear power, and toxic chemicals are the cause of climate change.
Although most people agree that pollution and toxic chemicals are generally not ideal for life, it is only Carbon Dioxide that is the principal pollutant in causing global warming. In fact, aerosols actually block the sun’s rays from hitting the ground and actually cause cooling. Now, I know you’re thinking that I’ve found the solution to global warming, but the truth is that aerosols not only cause ozone layer depletion but the long term side-effects of these chemical s are still not known.
If you’ve come this far down my blog, it means you are interested in the topic, or maybe not interested but are wooed by my writing style (which I doubt), or maybe you just scrolled down to the end (I hope not L). Anyways, what I’ve presented, in an attempt to neither overwhelm nor downright bore you, is to present only a fraction of the misconceptions that are out there. I encourage you to post a comment stating whether you liked it and want to hear more, or that you think I’m doing a poor job and I should not quit my day job (although I don’t have one). I have tons of other misconceptions ready to roll and I hope to post more about climate change in some upcoming blogs. Remember, you can make a difference, but the first step is informing yourself so you can make the best decisions!!