Is man-made climate change a major threat to humanity?Posted by: NewLifeChristian
Man-made climate change, or anthropogenic climate change, has gained a lot of press, but is all the hysteria for nothing? Do you believe man-made climate change is a major threat?
Yes, man-made climate change is a major threat to humanity.
No, man-made climate change is not a major threat to humanity.
If you vote no, you're essentially saying you know everything about the global climate, and that you're smarter than every meteorologist, geologist, biologist, and physicist combined. Why do I accuse that? Because thousands of scientists in these fields agree: Global Warming is happening RIGHT NOW, and WE'RE WHY.
Of course it is happening. We are the reason on why the Earth is warming so fast.
As a climate scientist, I have been in the field for decades. Yes, all of our research overwhelmingly showed that anthropogenic climate change is real and it is accelerating. I was in Antartica collecting ice core and the research indicated that 2016 was the year with the highest CO2 ppm in more than 700,000 years. This could be potentially dangerous as given our projections, the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere will reach 1000 ppm by 2100 and this will decrease our cognitive abilities by 15%. I was also in Bangladesh that saw its worst monsoon season in many years due to altered monsoon which causes can be attributed to anthropogenic climate change which leads to a rise in sea level and an increase in ocean temperature. Furthermore, the city of Miami are building pumps to pump out sea water that has been overflowing into the city due to a rise in ocean level. Similarly, South Pacific nations such as Tonga and Fiji are seeing their islands getting flooded in recent years. More examples show that deep sea ocean currents (meltwater) from the Arctic in the North Atlantic Ocean has been increasing both in intensity and temperature. Under this rate, we could potentially see a shift in climate soon across the Atlantic regions. Coral reefs are also dying due to ocean acidification which was caused by an increase in CO2 level. All of the corals in the world could be gone by 2050 and corals directly and indirectly support the livelihood of more than 1 billion people. I could go on for days but hopefully you get the picture of what climate change has done to us. All of us here debating are fortunate that we aren't the first victims of climate change as we are living in developed nations enjoying a relatively high standard of living. Poor people in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, however, are already suffering and with this rate we will also be victims of anthropogenic climate change after three to four decades. Switching over to renewable energy and decrease our emissions such as cutting beef consumption will better help us to prevent this and guarantee a brighter future for humankind.
No, the man-made climate change hysteria is completely false and it shocks me that a man with no climate science credentials, Al Gore, could deceive so many Americans . . .
I call it "adaptation." Does it threaten our current lifestyle? perhaps, but I really can't see it killing us all as a species. Especially since we will probably end up running out of fuels eventually which means starvation in cities etc. But it doesn't mean the end to humanity. That is just absurd.