Thursday, October 15, 2009

Climate Change - the battle of the facts (#BAD09)

The choice for Climate Change as the subject on Blog Action Day implies there is consensus about climate change, at least that the climate is actually changing to an extent it is affecting our world. There is no full consensus though, nor has there been in the past. There is and has been always, a battle of facts.

A good source for getting informed on the issue, unfortunately, is a podcast lecture series from UCSD, that has been taken off line. It will be back though at some time in the future and therefore I'd advice you to keep your eyes open for it: BILD 18, Human impact on the environment. Last summer, when the course ran and the lectures were available, lecture 10 paid attention to the problems the early believers in climate change had to get their voice heard. Even today, the speaker notes, speaking of climate change and the specifics of fatal pollution, will find politically and ideologically motivated blockades.

Alternately, now that there is a much wider consensus the climate actually IS changing, those who are not so convinced are finding it difficult to be heard. And just as the previous speaker marked how political, ideological and mostly business interests battled the facts, the other side speaks of alarmists. On the UChannel Podcast, one such speaker was Lord Lawson and he not only downplays the actual change of the climate, also he claims that whatever change is there is not human caused change, nor is it as harmful as usually is projected.

Next, I will write about the battle of the price - how much is climate change going to cost and who will pay?

Blog Action Day 2009


Chris R said...

There are so many people who claim Global warming to be false, or at least not man-made... fine.

Whether it is actually true or not, there is a lot of evidence that supports global warming and that we are responsible. I think that it is our best interest to error on the side of caution and treat it as though it is a real threat.

If you were given a gun and one person said it has a bullet, the other said it was not loaded.... would you still hold it up to your head and pull the trigger?

Anne the Man said...

Exactly, and in a podcast episode of UChannel, John Kerry adds another good reason to still take the measures for Global Warming seriously:
Even if there is no global warming, when we reduce emissions and move towards better use of energy en less oil dependence... we are still better off with less pollution and a safer energy economy.

Amy said...

I am not sure if we have any effect on global warming but I think we still need to be energy efficient and help the environment.

edwin sanchez said...

Once the deep mystery of “climate change” has been solved
And “What’s green and causes CC?” is no longer a popular riddle,
The legacy of the era most likely will be:
“Never in recorded history have so many made so much over so little”.
(With apologies to the late, great Winston Churchill).

Anonymous said...

If you are sick you go to the doctor, if you want to know what is happening with the climate, ask a climate scientist. Climate scientist say: AGW is real.

Anne the Man said...

Indeed. But also sick people know denial.