Let’s be clear about climate change. What we know comes from data collected and analyzed by thousands of the world’s leading climatologists (the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC); they agree and are more than 95 percent certain (science’s accepted standard of certainty), that global warming is real and, according to their most recent report, published in fall 2013, “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.” Theirs is the most authoritative information we have; in short, it is the truth.
It seems our most reasonable course is to accept the truth and work on ways, as individuals and communities and nations, to limit CO2 emissions and other pollutants. To ensure a better world and future, our efforts must include reducing consumption, increasing recycling and focusing on the sun and other renewables for our energy needs. Our natural world, our children and theirs, deserve nothing less.
Peter K. McLean