Developing a Consensus on Human Induced Climate Change

| 8/27/2012 6:37:28 PM

The climate on our planet is changing! Over the past several years we have experienced an increase in the number of heat waves, floods, droughts, wildfires and other extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes and tornadoes.   Is this climate change human induced (anthropogenic)?  At a recent Climate Reality Leadership Corp Conference we learned that various organizations, leading scientists along with government leaders are stating that climate change is anthropogenic and that it has become a serious problem.   In this posting I share with you some of their comments. 

1. Ninety seven percent of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support the tenets of anthropogenic climate change outlined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  I will use an analogy to emphasize the importance of this statement.  Let’s pretend that you are experiencing severe chest pain and you are fortunate to have 100 of the top cardiologists to examine you.  Ninety seven of them say you have a serious problem and must go on medication, exercise and change your diet.  The three other cardiologists tell you it is nothing to worry about and the pain will go away.  Whose advice are you going follow?   

2. Every National Academy of Science of every major country in the world (34 academies including the United States) confirms anthropogenic global warming.  The number of national academies rejecting the science of anthropogenic global warming is ZERO!  Furthermore, a joint statement of the National Academies of Science for the G8 + 5 nations stated in 2009 “The need for urgent action to address climate change is now indisputable.”  

3. Ever major scientific society in the world that has fields related to the study of global warming confirms the consensus that climate change is occurring. 

4. Munich Re one of the two largest reinsurance companies in the world stated in 2010 “The only plausible explanation for the rise in weather-related catastrophes is climate change.”  Since the insurance industry is paying out billions of dollars each year for weather-related catastrophes, it is in their best interest to understand what is causing all the weather-related catastrophes. 

5. Richard Somerville a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Climate Change and Meteorology at the University of California, San Diego stated in 2011 “This is no longer something that’s theory or conjecture or something that comes out of computer models.  We’re observing the climate changing - it’s happening, it’s real, it’s a scientific fact.” 

Mary Lou Shaw
8/29/2012 7:02:50 PM

Thanks for laying this out. After working in the Arctic for four winters, I came back shocked by what I witnessed and resoloved to not contribute to climate change any more than necessary. It's going to be inexplicable to our grandchildren why we let this happen. Amazing that we have no leadership on this, and that climate change has been taken out of "polite conversation." We do have a moral obligation to work for change--fast.

t brandt
8/29/2012 11:52:35 AM

Pretty lame reasoning. Science is not a plebescite with majority rule. To begin with, the climate has not changed. The tropics are still the tropics, the temperate zone still temperate. etc etc. There's no new grassland where forest once stood, etc The Russian heat wave last year and the American drought this year are merely cyclic events: our midwest gets a drought every 19 yrs on average, for the past 9000 yrs, based on tree-ring data. Weather cycles, and nothing has happened in the past 40 yrs that hasn't happened before and will happen again.And, BTW- there have been FEWER hurricanes over the past 20 yrs, not more....Climate "scientists" get paid ( research funding) only if they find a problem to study: no problem, no money. Why should we trust them? They've already been caught in their outrageous fraud -- the Climategate scandal proved that.

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