“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost
Once upon a time there was Global Warming. When it was measured on the planet, warming truly did not grow for over a period of 15+ years. Measured from space, there was no apparent change for 20 years.
Advocates of Global Warming portrayed the measurements too minuscule and too short of time line to be valid. They said, geologically, the time frame was not significant for 20 years or less. But, critics drew the opposite conclusion and declared that the data points were essentially a flat line in temperatures measured and argued that Global Warming did not exist.
So where was the IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) who championed Global Warming? They documented these anomalies but essentially ignored the dialogue. So, in today’s discussion, opponents often claim that liberal environmentalists have rebranded Global Warming to Climate Change.
Matt McGrath, environmental correspondent for the BBC, has recently written a well thought out article on the IPCC and Climate Change. He adds other layers of complexity to the argument and brings the awareness, costs and economic accountability to the negotiation table. Here are excerpts of his article:
“Countries are developing in different ways. There are some changes in their emissions patterns, but there are also historical emissions we have to take onboard,” said Dr Yacob Mulugetta from the University of Surrey, another of the report’s authors.
“The key question is how do you bring in the past emissions and align them with the future?”
This question seems to have sparked some of the same divisions between the developed and developing world that have hampered the UN climate negotiation process.
The scientists appear to have agreed on the causes, impacts and solutions to the climate challenge, but there are divisions appearing about who should cut, and who should pay.
So, if you are interested in Climate Change or not, Matt provides more insight to the issue. I encourage you to read his article and decide for yourself. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27014603
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