Climate Change is Real

The GOP may think climate change is a hoax, but scientists who study it know it’s real, and that we are already testing the limits to the earth’s resilience.  (Thanks to my colleague Bryan Alaspa for this reference.)

As Trump denies climate change, scientists fear we’re about to pass ‘red line’ where devastation begins

paul-souders-polar-bear-ursus-maritimus-leaping-across-pools-of-water-on-melting-fjord-ice-in-sabinebukta-bay-o-218876WASHINGTON — A new scientific statement released Thursday — underscoring the urgency of grappling with global warming — presented a staggering contrast with the state of public discussion of the subject in the United States.

Here, in the wake of the first presidential debate, the media skewered Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for denying his prior Twitter claim that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese” — even as Trump’s surrogates continued to bluntly advance positions that reject modern scientific knowledge on the subject.

His campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, for instance, asserted on CNN that Trump believes the current climate swing is “naturally occurring,” a view amounting to yet another denial of mainstream science.

On Thursday, a group of seven distinguished climate scientists led by Robert Watson, a former chairman of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, asserted that the chance of holding warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels “has almost certainly already been missed.”

And we could very soon be on an irrevocable path to 2 degrees of warming, they continue, unless countries dramatically up their pledges to cut emissions under the Paris climate agreement — an agreement Trump has said he would “cancel.”