Global warming is a term that characterizes the essence of controversy and contentious debate. On the one hand, there is strong belief (reinforced by the scientific community) that various human activities are taking their toll on the earth, one of the most famous culprits being global warming. Scientists worldwide are unequivocally agreed that warming of our climate system is taking place, and largely certain that this phenomenon is caused by increasing concentrations human-produced (e.g. deforestation and burning fossil fuels) greenhouse gases. The trapping of more heat inside the earth’s atmosphere upsets the balance in temperature and brings about the possibility of dreadful consequences for the planet and the ecosystems within it. On the other hand, there are allegations that these researchers and institutions are part of a global scientific conspiracy.
Claims that global warming is a global conspiracy and hoax seem inextricably involved with widespread political rhetoric, paranoia, agenda and debate, especially in the United States. Many of the largely settled scientific issues, such as the human responsibility for global warming, remain the subject of politically motivated attempts to downplay, dismiss or deny them. Sources of funding for those involved with climate science, cost-effectiveness and urgency remain heatedly contested controversies. Climate scientists, especially in the US, have reported official and oil-industry pressure to censor or suppress their work and hide scientific data, with directives not to discuss the subject in public communications. Legal cases regarding global warming, its effects, and measures to reduce it, have reached American courts. The energy lobby, oil industry advocates and free-market think tanks have often been accused of overtly or covertly supporting efforts to undermine or discredit the scientific consensus on global warming.
Opponents to scientific claims of man-made global climate change describe them as pessimistic, overly alarming media perpetuated scenarios without scientific basis. Alternative explanations for a man-made phenomenon point to inaccuracies in historical climate data, limitations of attempting to model climate on computers, solar variability and its impact on climate, the effects of clouds, ocean currents, and sea levels on global climate, and factors that could mitigate any human impacts on world climate.
Nevertheless, whatever the source, global warming poses significant change to the earth’s ecosystems.The good news is that people are becoming more aware of a situation that has become a very serious threat, and many things can be done to slow down the process of global climate change.
Interestingly, numerous products we use everyday can mitigate the advance of global warming and its harmful effects on the earth. More on this in the next post.
In the meantime, here’s some of what’s been happening…