Despite global warming or climate change, being a threat to the entire world, one we have known about for a while now, there are still people that refuse to believe that it exists. Often, you will hear the argument that climate change cannot be real because it's snowing. People use the fact that the weather can get cold to try and prove that climate change is not real.
This proves nothing, because such a large scale process does not happen overnight, and the seasons still change, naturally. However, it cannot be denied that overall temperatures have risen throughout the years and that they continue to do so. This article will try to name some "facts" that people that refuse to believe in climate change like to use, and explain why these people are wrong.
6. “It's Snowing!”
The fact that the weather gets colder during winter does not mean that climate change is going backward or slowing down. It does not mean that it is not real. Despite climate change, other conditions can happen and affect the weather. One example would be the Arctic Oscillation.
That is a process when air with high pressure pushes the cold air from the north to the south, starting with the Arctic. It can cause parts of the world that don't get snowy weather often to experience extreme colds. Despite the Arctic being so far away, it can influence the weather in various parts of the world. We can still expect extremely cold winters, changes in the weather are expected to happen. That does not mean that we did not cause greenhouse gases to build up in our atmosphere and consequently caused climate change - because we did.
5. “Climate Change Is Normal, It Happened Before”
Yes, large amounts of carbon dioxide have indeed been released in the atmosphere throughout the Earth's 4.5 billion years long history. And it did cause warmer weather. It even caused mass extinctions before humans were even close to living on the planet. However, this time it is different than anything seen before. The scale is larger and the pace is faster.
It is believed that this climate change is happening 50 times faster than the fastest one ever so far. People mention previous carbon dioxide emissions and the fact that they caused mass extinction as a reason we should not be concerned. We believe we should be concerned about something that already caused extinction, so yes, this argument does not really stand.
4. “Scientists Can’t Even Agree If It Is Happening”
People often mention this "fact," but the sad truth is that 99% of scientists do believe it is happening and that humans are the main reason why it is happening. When they talk about scientists, maybe they are thinking of certain politicians, who refuse to admit that climate change is real because of their personal gain.
A large number of politicians receive funding from the fossil fuel industry, which could be the reason they will not take action, despite there being huge amounts of scientific reports that warn us of the upcoming dangers. What's worse is that politicians have known about climate change since the 1980s, and have done nothing to try and stop it so far.
3. “But Plants And Animals Will Adapt”
This could happen if the current climate change were not happening so rapidly. No species can adapt at this pace. Currently, while climate change is just getting warm (excuse the pun) and not even close to its full force, more than one million species of animals are at risk of extinction.
This is largely due to the fact that climate change is happening along with other human activities that affect animals. Some of those include animal trafficking, deforestation, fishing, and more. Currently, climate change is considered the third biggest direct reason for the disappearance of animal species.
2. “Climate Change Is Natural And Is A Good Thing”
There is a multitude of reasons why climate change will negatively impact the entire world. Some of those fall into environmental, others are economic, while some are physiological. It is believed that the negative impact of climate change, especially on the economy, has been extremely underestimated. This means that we do have a lot to be afraid of, and it cannot be a good thing.
It is expected that the US will lose billions of dollars because of this, which is the biggest loss after India. But is this even necessary to mention when we can see how many plants and animals are dying because of climate change? Not to mention that it is statistically proven that it also caused a higher number of natural disasters.
1. “It Won’t Affect Me Or My Family Directly”
This is one of the worst misconceptions about climate change. After everything already said in the article, is it even necessary to try and explain once more how dangerous climate change actually is, for everyone? Literally everyone. Of course, some people are affected more now, namely those living in the most impoverished communities, but with the rapid pace of climate change, soon everyone will be affected unless we make a change.
One ethical problem that arises from statements such as the one in this title is that often, people that are privileged and do not feel the effects of climate change as much as others actually contributed more to climate change with their lifestyles. That is an interesting thing to think about.
Can plants and animals adapt to the climate changes?
This could happen if the current climate change were not happening so rapidly. No species can adapt at this pace. Currently, more than one million species of animals are at risk of extinction.
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