AiG is just silly, but global warming denial is serious

Update: just in from NASA: “In Greenland, Another major glacier comes undone”  

Firstly, who do you think said this:

CO2 emissions must be reduced to avoid serious climate change. To manage CO2, governments and industry must work together. Government action is needed and we support an international framework that puts a price on CO2, encouraging the use of all CO2-reducing technologies.

Answer at end.

Evolution denial, as AiG’s declaration of faith (recently posted, with brief commentary, here) shows, is merely absurd. Climate change denial is deadly serious. Although there is an overlap; AiG says the climate is safe because God’s looking after it, and many creationists, including Jay Richards of the Discovery Institute, are fervent climate change denialists. Although in the last case, the reason seems to be a touching faith in the Free Market, rather than in God.

The video below has already had over 34 million views, but deserves a few more before the Paris conference on climate. A good use of 4 minutes of your time. But don’t be unduly alarmed; it really took 75 minutes, not just 4.

The commentary is also interesting: e.g. “The glacier has retreated further in the last ten years than it had in the previous 100”.

I would say “Be afraid, be very afraid”, but someone might call me an alarmist. Enjoy the show!

In case you haven’t noticed what’s happening (Indonesia’s burning; Ethiopia is running out of water; the Maldives are disappearing), see here:

And if someone tries to tell you that it isn’t happening, or that it’s natural, or that it’s happened before, or that it doesn’t matter, or that nothing can be done about it, or (as I recently came across) all of these at once, see here. As to how we know what the causes are,

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if you try to work out what’s happening without anthropogenic CO2 you get it wrong; if you include it, you get it right.

Has it happened before? Check the record:

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And remember that all but one year in the last decade has been warmer than 2004, already up and away ahead of the curve, with 2015 set to be the warmest yet for something like 100,000 years.

h/t my friend Kim Johnson. Global Temperature Anomaly by NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; licensed under Public Domain. Other images created by Robert A. Rohde / Global Warming Art. Literature references for Climate change attribution  here; for reconstructed temperature here. Links to easily accessible sources for brevity and convenience; primary literature links embedded therein, and at Skeptical Science. Quotation at beginning from Shell official policy statement.

About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on November 12, 2015, in Climate, Global warming and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Please don’t refer to “Climate Change” where the issue is “Global Warming” as the demonstrated by the CO2 scare mongering. Calling the warming hype “Climate Change” is not quite honest.

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    • Thank you for the opportunity to address this.

      Both terms have been in use for some time. However, it was Republican political strategist Frank Luntz in his famous memo on how to stall on the environment who wrote:

      “It’s time for us to start talking about “climate change” instead of global warming and “conservation” instead of preservation. “Climate change” is less frightening than “global warming”. As one focus group participant noted, climate change “sounds like you’re going from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale.” While global warming has catastrophic connotations attached to it, climate change suggests a more controllable and less emotional challenge.”

      So if I used insufficiently challenging language, I apologise. And if presenting data is scare mongering, I plead guilty as charged.

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