Climate Change Is Not A Myth, It Is Reality

1286 words - 5 pages

"Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while." - James Lovelock
(Hickman, 2010)
Climate change is a long-term change in the Earth’s climate, mostly due to the increase in the average atmospheric temperature (global warming). According to National Snow & Ice Data Center (2012), the most commonly used definition of climate change is a change in the statistical properties of the climate system when considered over long duration of time, regardless of cause. In addition to that, fluctuations over periods less than a few decades, such as El Niño, do not represent climate change. To make it simple, some short-term climate variation is normal, but longer-term trends now indicate a changing climate. A year or two of an extreme change in temperature or other condition does not mean a climate change trend is being followed but change in temperature or other condition in a long run does indicate that climate change is happening. However, the term is mostly used to refer specifically to climate change caused by human activity, instead of changes in climate that may have resulted as part of the Earth's natural processes. In this sense, especially in the context of environmental policy, the term climate change has become synonymous with anthropogenic global warming. (UNFCCC: COP 17, 2011)
Climate includes patterns of temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind and seasons. A lot of systems are tied to climate. Therefore, a change in climate will possibly affect many related aspects of where and how people, plants and animals live, such as food production, availability and use of water, and health risks. For example, a change in the usual timing of rains or temperatures can affect when plants bloom and set fruit, when insects hatch or when streams are their fullest. This can affect historically synchronized pollination of crops, food for migrating birds, spawning of fish, water supplies for drinking and irrigation, forest health, and more. Currently people are paying serious attention to climate change worldwide. Many organisations such as the well-known Greenpeace have been set up to promote consciousness regarding climate change among everybody.
There would not be any issues or controversies surrounding climate change if everyone were to agree on the same thing but problems occur as people cannot decide between what to belief hence arises the question, is climate change a myth or reality?
If the controversies regarding climate change are investigated and researched thoroughly, it can be concluded that climate change is really happening as it has been scientifically proven by many scientist regardless of their background from all over the world claiming that climate change can...

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