Today on Planet 100: Are You Falling for These Common Climate Change Myths? (Video)
"Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...the dead rising from the grave...human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!"—in Ghostbusters, the signs of coming catastrophe were easy to identify.
Today, skeptics continue to doubt the reality of a real impending catastrophe, climate change, even though signs both subtle and obvious—though perhaps not as obvious as the ones in Ghostbusters—have been radiating across the globe. Often, statements of denial are based on one of a number of common myths that continue to be perpetuated—unexplicably—in debates and media reports.SLIDESHOW: Get Your Shovel, It's a Blizzard
Don't believe the hype, find out if you're falling for these common climate change myths:
1. It's too Cold Outside for the Planet to be Warming
Winters can bring about exceptionally cold weather and snow. We can still expect to see record lows from time to time. But research shows that the record lows are increasingly few and far between and only half as common now as record highs. Furthermore, research has indicated that global warming could actually increase the likelyhood of major snowstorms.
2. Even Scientists Can't Agree That Climate Change is Happening
There is an overwhelming consensus that climate change is happening as evidenced by the 2000 scientists who are linked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Yes, there are contrarians. But a significant fraction of these are supported directly or indirectly by the fossil fuel industry.
3. Warmer Weather is Nice and Better for Plants
Most don't realize that small changes in a global average can bring about huge effects. The last ice-age, was only about 5 degrees Celsius cooler than today. If that little cooling could result in such drastic effects, what could happen with a much more rapid shift in temperature is truly frightening.
4. Climate Change is Caused by Solar Radiation, not Human Activity
There are a number of factors that influence the temperature on the planet. According to IPCC findings, the warming effect due to increases of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is estimated to be more than 8 times greater than the effect of solar radiance changes.
5. Scientists Exaggerate Claims for More Funding
The funding for climate science is a pittance compared with funding to protect the fossil fuel industry. And if anything, the scientific community is too cautious. We need to examine the Worst Case Scenario where greenhouse gases destroy the ability of the atmosphere to support life as we know it.