Over the last century, humankind has had to deal with several natural disaster scares, from population explosion and global starvation to depleting natural resources and Ice Age. However, nothing has been able to consume our attention as much as global warming.
What scientists are telling us about global warming
An increase of one or more degrees Celsius in one or two centuries is considered to be global warming. According to scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it was determined that the earth’s temperature has risen by 0.74 degrees Celsius from 1901 to 2006. With an increase in temperature, ice shelves and glaciers around the world will start melting and this will only make things worse since it will result in sea levels rising. Hurricanes and tropical storms will get increasingly fierce and will cause massive destruction they say.
The flip side
While there is a general consensus on the topic of global warming, several scientists don’t think that global warming is real at all. They don’t believe that the data shows any upward trend in temperatures. Some scientists also believe that the data is incorrectly interpreted by those who are already biased. People are trying hard to find evidence that supports the global warming theory instead of studying it objectively to figure out what this data really means. Others argue that the rising global temperature could be because of a natural shift in the climate.
There’s more to worry about – Global Cooling
While millions of people are worrying about global warming, there are definitely signs that the climate is changing but in a very different way. Instead of getting warmer, the climate is actually getting colder. Ice is growing in parts of North Pole and South Pole. North America has been experiencing the coldest temperatures in several decades. Signs have been evident that our planet is experiencing global cooling; a cooling period that scientists hadn’t been able to predict. Sunspot activity is very low and the last time this happened, Europe and North America suffered a phenomenon known as the Little Ice Age from the 1600s until the 1800s.
If it is Global Warming, are we responsible?
For years we have been brainwashed to believe that global warming is the direct result of human activity and if we don’t change our ways, we might be responsible for the destruction of this planet. However, a Serbian mathematician and astronomer by the name of Milutin Milankovitch wrote a book called “Mathematical Climatology and the Astronomical Theory of Climate Change” in 1930. In his book he was able to prove that there is actually a relationship between the complex cycles in which the Earth moves through space and the climatic changes. In fact, many other scientific studies show that the changing global temperatures as well as the Co2 emissions are nothing but a natural cycle. In fact, our planet has experienced the same on many previous occasions and mankind is not at all responsible for it.
With so many conflicting theories and scientific studies floating around, it is difficult to say with certainty whether or not we need to worry about global warming.
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