Technological fixes have been developed or a least research to aid the world in curbing climate change and keeping it from overshooting 1.5 degrees celsius and keep it from reaching 2 degrees celsius. The report the IPCC came up with states that keeping the climate change from rising of an average of 1.5 degrees celsius and below 2 degrees celsius. They also give evidence that should the average world temperature rise above 2 degrees celsius the world would experience a cataclysmic change without allowing time for humans and ecosystems to adapt. They also show how even a 1.5 degree celsius would cause terrible damage however they recognize that the world is already on that trajectory and the changes necessary to prevent it would not be able to be implemented in time or by everyone. At this point the IPCC is acting as a damage control team. Technological fixes involved in helping curb climate change include many that would require extreme shifts in economy and that simply will not happen with the entrenched power of the fossil fuel interest. Moving from a fossil fuel based economy to a sustainable energy source would require a massive shift in economic structure but also in public opinion as you cannot force people into buying a new product. Other technological fixes involve machines or methods that remove CO2 emissions from the air, but the IPCC report states how these are not a feasible option and that major changes in human behavior need to be realized if there is to be any hope of preventing climate change at a rate that would be extremely detrimental.
Professor Reidy’s article brings to life John Tyndall, a Victorian era scientist who was the first to claim that changes in the composition to the earth’s atmosphere could lead to climate change. To hear people claiming that the science of climate change is still in its infancy is a bit nuanced because it is indeed younger by several thousand years that the science of astrology and certainly younger than chemistry and physics. However to discredit the work that has already been done in the field just because it has not been around as long as other studies is a bit childish. The scientific study of climate change still uses the same scientific methods as the other studies and require proof and evidence to prove a hypothesis true or at least a theory. It is not some pseudoscience that can just be discredited because it has not been around as long as other sciences.