Climate change and its implications will be a very problematic, global issue if not addressed. The IPCC suggests in “Headline Statements” that major changes need to start well before 2030 to limit the intensity of the issues that will be faced and the irrevocable damage (IPCC, 3). To start solving this problem our societies may need to start moving away from coal and begin to produce other forms of energy. The IPPC explains that one of the technical fixes that could be implicated is moving the amount of solar and wind energy from 20% to 67% (Davenport, 2). Additionally, to work with the excess carbon dioxide in the air, it may be necessary to create a device that could catch carbon dioxide. Katie Warrick of The World Coal Association says that her company is working on carbon capture tech. (Davenport, 2). The IPCC suggests taxing companies for their coal emissions and to use less or no coal at all (Davenport, 2-3). Moreover, the IPCC explains in their press release that it is critical that all countries get involved and start making differences (IPCC, 1). The IPCC does believe differences can be made. There just needs to be rapid and extreme changes in countries’ industry and how we approach climate change.
Climate contrarians are wrong to say that climate science is in its infancy. This understanding has been a part of science since before 1893. John Tyndall, in his studies with radiant heat, found that carbon dioxide and water vapor are good absorbers of heat. According to Michael Reidy, Tyndall knew immediately that this was affecting climate and that it explained the changes in climate seen by geologists (Reidy, 1-2). This science is not new. There were scientists already noting changes in heat on the planet. It just took Tyndall to find out why. The concerns regarding climate change are not unfounded. The science has been understood for over a century. It has just been a matter of trying to make a difference in what we are seeing.