A Thousand Bubbles
Boil the Pot
Since all of us – conservatives and liberals, true-believers and agnostics - live on this Earth and enjoy or suffer whatever weather conditions the changing climate is bringing on, isn't this an ample issue to unite with the resolve to fix the problem? How does denial of the problem help to solve it? Here is a useful bibliography of the foundational data supporting scientific knowledge that human-caused greenhouse gas pollution is causing catastrophic climate change.
Science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
This is not second or third-hand reporting from partisan propagandists. This is the scientific analysis from the world's foremost international body of scientists.
Fifth Assessment Report https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/
Synthesis Report https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/syr/
The Physical Science Basis http://www.climatechange2013.org/report/
The U.S. government’s latest assessment of the state of our climate
Human activity likely contributed to at least 92% of the change in Earth’s average temperature observed since 1951.
Here is an easy-to-read summary
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) FACs
How do we know that humans are the major cause of global warming?
more detail at https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/science-and-impacts/science/human-contribution-to-gw-faq.html#.WzGJ1iBlDFg
Scientists Agree: Global Warming is Happening and Humans are the Primary Cause
also see: https://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/global-warming/science-and-impacts/climate-attribution-science#.WzGDqiBlDFg
Underwater: Rising Seas, Chronic Floods, and the Implications for US Coastal Real Estate (2018)
Tracing Who’s Responsible for Temperature Increase and Sea Level Rise (2017)
A new study quantifies the impacts of emissions traced to major fossil fuel producers on our changing climate.
The Climate Accountability Scorecard: Ranking Major Fossil Fuel Companies on Climate Deception, Disclosure, and Action (2016)
The Climate Deception Dossiers (2015)
Science or Spin?: Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science (2014)
Accuracy varies significantly across major cable news outlets
Got Science? Not at News Corporation (2012)
Representations of climate science on Fox News Channel and in the Wall Street Journal opinion pages are overwhelmingly misleading
Fox News – 93% misleading
Wall Street Journal – 81% misleading
Increasing Public Understanding of Climate Risks and Choices (2012)
Learning from social science research and practice.
Climate Science Underscores Urgent Need to Reduce Heat-trapping Emissions (2009)
OK, so even if the 97% of scientists who have collected and analyzed data for decades are wrong; suppose that the climate is not actually changing, and it is not changing due to human increase of greenhouse gas. Suppose this were true and nevertheless, we all made the investments and commitment to non-polluting energy sources like solar, wind, tides. How bad would that be?
BUT, suppose the deniers who refuse to deal with the problem are wrong, and not enough is done to fix Earth's climate. How bad could THAT be?
Finally, suppose the USA remains in climate change denial while China, Denmark, Netherlands and other countries develop advanced non-polluting energy production. What countries will become the industrial leaders of the 21st century? US or them?
Policy and Politics - what do you think?
With over seven decades of experience - feeling the hopes and disappointments of politics, seeing the idealism and disgust of policies - some of the things Bruce Joffe has learned in life may be wisdom, others may be illusion. You decide.
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