Anthropogenic climate change is a fact ... global warming caused by human beings is real. The science demonstrates this incontrovertibly. And ... common sense makes this phenomenon apparent: In the course of just two hundred years we have burned up literally millions and millions of years of solar energy stored in the form of fossil fuels, there will be consequences.
For all the positives humanity has gained from fossil fuels there is a price to pay -- there is no such thing as a free lunch.
Global warming deniers imperil us all by impeding efforts to change human activities that are causing climate change. Increasingly they don't even try to offer alternative scientific explanations, their response is reactionary, it is merely political and alarmist: global warming is a communist plot.
The scientific research keeps coming in to help us understand what is happening -- and what is happening in front of our very own eyes keeps showing us the predicament we are in and how much it will ultimately cost us and our children and grandchildren.
What to do.
Make a difference.
Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months
Matt McGrath, BBC - July 24, 2019
Climate change: Current warming 'unparalleled' in 2,000 years
BBC - July 24, 2019
The speed and extent of current global warming exceeds any similar event in the past 2,000 years, researchers say.
They show that famous historic events like the "Little Ice Age" don't compare with the scale of warming seen over the last century.
The research suggests that the current warming rate is higher than any observed previously.
The scientists say it shows many of the arguments used by climate sceptics are no longer valid. ...
"This provides strong evidence that anthropogenic (human induced) global warming is not only unparalleled in terms of absolute temperatures but also unprecedented in spatial consistency within the context of the past 2,000 years."
Climate scientists drive stake through heart of skeptics' argument
NBC News - July 24, 2019
Global warming skeptics sometimes say rising temperatures are just another naturally occurring shift in Earth’s climate, like the Medieval Warm Period of the years 800 to 1200 or the Little Ice Age, a period of cooling that spanned from roughly 1300 to 1850.
But a pair of studies published Wednesday provides stark evidence that the rise in global temperatures over the past 150 years has been far more rapid and widespread than any warming period in the past 2,000 years — a finding that undercuts claims that today’s global warming isn’t necessarily the result of human activity.
I'm a scientist. Under Trump I lost my job for refusing to hide climate crisis facts
Maria Caffrey, The Guardian - July 25, 2019
The Trump administration’s hostility towards climate science is not new. Interior climate staffer Joel Clement’s reassignment and the blocking of intelligence aide Rod Schoonover’s climate testimony, which forced both federal employees to resign in protest, are just two of the innumerable examples. These attempts to suppress climate science can manifest themselves in many ways. It starts with burying important climate reports and becomes something more insidious like stopping climate scientists from doing their jobs. In February 2019, I lost my job because I was a climate scientist in a climate-denying administration. And yet my story is no longer unique. ...
Ultimately it will be the taxpayers who will pay the true price for our apathy towards these violations. It will become progressively costlier to alter our infrastructure to accommodate the incoming tides. And we will watch as our historic structures are swallowed by the sea. As these things are happening, remember that there were probably multiple scientists like me who warned of these dangers but were silenced. The current administration may only last a matter of years, but its actions may potentially impact our planet for centuries.
Last Month Was the Hottest June on Earth Ever Recorded
LiveScience.com - July 18, 2019
If you thought last month felt really, really hot, you were right. June 2019 was the hottest June on record for the globe. And, it was the second month in a row that balmy temperatures caused Antarctic sea ice coverage to reach a record low. ...
Are these record high temperatures a result of climate change? Yup.
"Climate is, by definition, the long-term average of weather, over many years," Josef Werne, a professor of geology and environmental science at the University of Pittsburgh, previously told Live Science. "One cold (or warm) year or season has little to do with overall climate. It is when those cold (or warm) years become more and more regular that we start to recognize it as a change in climate rather than simply an anomalous year of weather," he said.
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