When reading these articles, it is frustrating to learn that technically there is still a way to save our planet but it is near impossible. In order to decrease our ever-warming planet we must all work together to make drastic changes in the way we produce energy, moving away from coal. Unfortunately, our world and specifically our country is largely opposed to believing proven science that would possibly have the ability to save millions of lives within the near future. There are techno-fixes that work to take CO2 out of the air in attempts to lessen our negative environmental impacts. It seems as though this is just a fix that is delaying the necessity of truly changing the way our world works. The IPCC states that there is a socio-techno fix that could work, but only if every nation commits to this. “But while they conclude that it is technically possible to achieve the rapid changes required to avoid 2.7 degrees of warming, they concede that it may be politically unlikely” (NYT 1). Within the timeframe we have, yes it is possible. Is is plausible? It is hard to stay hopeful in our current political climate, but if one day we get everyone realize our world is going to be drastically changed in the near future, we could possibly do something about it.
The idea that climate science is too young to be reliable is very clearly and easily proven wrong when reading Reidy’s account of Tyndall. Tyndall stated the concept of the greenhouse gas effect in his Royal Society of London paper in 1861. Seeing as this was concept already accepted by a very successful scientist almost 160 years ago proves that this is not a new concern, nor is it contrived out of a new liberal agenda. It is based in science.