Climate change has been a growing problem ever since the industrial revolution with the rise of factories and the use of fossil fuels. These infrastructures release an egregious amount of greenhouse gases through the burning of the fuels, which essentially increases the temperature at the earth’s surface and oceans.
To this day there is still debate whether humans are causing it or if it is actually happening. However, there is a lot of strong evidence. The NASA website on climate change evidence shows the result of studies that prove the increase of the average temperature around the globe, warming of the oceans, shrinking ice sheets, glacial retreat, among others.(https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/)
This graph, based on the comparison of atmospheric samples contained in ice cores and more recent direct measurements, provides evidence that atmospheric CO2 has increased since the Industrial Revolution. (Credit: Vostok ice core data/J.R. Petit et al.; NOAA Mauna Loa CO2 record.)
Before this evidence, some people still doubt the evidence,which is what https://www.skepticalscience.com takes as its mission to debunk. This site reviews not only the scientific sources, but also the counter-arguments to these, and combines the two to dispel any doubts one may have about this topic. It’s a must visit for anyone who questions climate change.
Another point of contention is about the human influence on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) is the main body when it comes to studies of this nature and it claims that our society is promoting climate change. However this is still being debated by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change(NIPCC), who claim that human activities have little to no impact in climate change, supported by scientific studies. Claims that this organization are biased are abundant, like the report on Climate science and Policy Watch, that shows that their “report is not a credible scientific undertaking, and the Heartland Institute has no credibility, scientific or otherwise.”
Anthropogenic global warming and climate change is a serious threat to mankind. Sea levels will likely rise to the point where many coastal lands and cities are flooded. Rising temperatures and new patterns of precipitation may seriously impact food production and lead to massive hunger. Millions of people could die or have to move, leading to massive instability and suffering. In order to protect our quality of life, our economy, our species and civilization success and prosperity, we need to immediately start rethinking the incentives in our economy that lead to massive pollution and environmental damage. We have to reduce consumption of certain goods and services, possibly replacing them with greener alternatives, or revolutionize our technology to be much more efficient. We are the only ones who can save ourselves.