Looking Towards the Future

Part 1
Yes, in my opinion an effective socio-technological fix can be employed in this timeframe. I think that the major set back in climate science is how long it takes to receive data. For example, in the IPCC report (the specialists in the field) it references data from 2010, as the most recent. (Major findings of course, small details are filed both daily and yearly.) Therefore, I believe interest in the field will grow once another large pile of evidence is compiled (such as in 2020 when we can compare a decade of monitoring.). Once that research is available there will be a push in the news to inform citizens of it (globally) and that will lead to us implementing further changes. (In other words it takes time.)

Part 2
No, after reading the articles it is clear that climate change is not too young to be reliable. For example, in the article by Reidy, it is said “If the planet were not warming, turning the natural greenhouse effect into global warming, the new climatology center in Britain would not be named Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research.” (Reidy, pg.3) Given the fact that Tyndall died in 1893, and the relevance of his research (that took place prior to his death) climate science has been around for at least 125 years. Meanwhile, the hepatitis vaccine was only created in 1963. Although understanding climate change is relatively recent, we have been documenting the planet for hundreds of years, and because of that we are now able to see the differences occurring compared to when we (as humans) could not document similar things. Furthermore, the IPPC (which was formed 30 years ago) report says “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” (IPPC, pg. 2) Which shows that the experts in the field (who look at reports from over 195 countries to determine strengths and weaknesses in the field.) Have enough cumulative data to implement policies followed by over 195 countries.

Sources

Reidy, Michael. “The Strange Deaths, Varied Lives, and Ultimate Ressurection of Professor Tyndall.” Mountains and Minds, Michael Reidy , mountainsandminds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Reidy-Tyndall.pdf.

“Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC Approved by Governments .” International Panel on Climate Change, 8 Oct. 2018, mountainsandminds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IPCC-press-release-for-policy-makers.pdf.

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