The Truth About Climate Science

I found the reading most interesting when it talked about how we are actually doing some things right in the quest to slow the rate at which our climate changes and global warming sets in. It sounds like with just a few technological fixes our environment can be in a much better position going forward. The worst thing we could do however at this point would be to do absolutely nothing. This illustrates how, with very little change, we could find ourselves is a much better place going into the future. “The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5ºC are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate,” said Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of Working Group I.” (IPCC Press Release. page 2) Given the time frame, I certainly think something can be done to turn our situation around. This action would have to fit in the realm of a Socio-technological fix however I still think it can be done. In fact, lots of work is already being done on the Socio end of the spectrum: Electric Cars. While I recognize that I, being from California, in no way represent the vast majority of Americans, so far, the numbers are showing that people (at least in California) are purchasing electric cars. For example, it was not too long ago that seeing an electric car on the road was an usual thing. Now, Especially in large cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, electric cars can be seen everywhere. In just a few years time, look how far we have come! And finally, given that the IPCC was founded in 1988, it is clear to me that in fact climate science is not too new of a discipline to take seriously and the data we have is firmly rooted in many (or at least enough) years of research to be taken seriously.

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