Some people still don't believe in it?
Climate change can cause the widening of extremes, meaning warmer summers and colder winters
@Captaincowtj, at that rate it was 72 degrees year round when the world first came about
@Captaincowtj, you can't really prove OR disprove climate change if it can be the cause of any weather based phenomenon... Sort of makes the whole thing seem a bit moot
@Modern Darwin, yes, that is correct
@Theunasumingmidget, there is a good amount of evidence, but there will never be enough
@Captaincowtj, that seems to be the problem with politics, no amount of evidence is ever enough for either side...
@Modern Darwin, no actually the sun is currently in a cycle that would be making the earth cooler Ref. SkepticalscienceDOTcom/solar-activity-sunspots-global-warming.htm
@Theunasumingmidget, well politics and the media are actually the problem with the issue of climate change as they make it seem like scientists are devided on the issue which, I can assure you, they are not
@Timeicorn, exactly, in a study on pew research center's website (a survey on the public's opinion vs the opinion of the top 10% of scientists) they found that 98% (I think?) of scientists agreed climate change was real and occurring. Amongst the public that didn't "believe" in climate change, about half of those people also believed scientists to be much more divided on the topic than they actually are.
@Captaincowtj, I just can't wait for the next ice age
@Theunasumingmidget, Do people not understand the difference between climate and temperature?
Oh my god you guys science isn't politics. It isn't an opinion. Climate change is a scientific fact backed up by thousands of research papers worth of evidence. 97% or scientists world wide who actually know what they're talking about agree that climate change is happening an is man made. That isn't a statistic to ignore.
@Cocconut Head, this is probably the most agreed upon thing in science
@Cocconut Head, yes. this. thank you sweet tropical fruit/nut/seed
@Cocconut Head, while it is a very agreed upon thing, it is still not officially "proven." Additionally, without man, there would still be climate change, just from the sun and plants.
@Cocconut Head, Nope, it definitely isn't the most agreed upon subject. We don't have enough data to prove that it is man made. We know that the Earth has gone through similar climate changes in the past, the little ice age is an example of that. Humans have had an effect on the climate, but we definitely are not the main cause of it.
@CriTiKa1, ya so the issues with what you are saying are that the although the earth has changed temperature in the past its hasn't occurred in such a short time as is happening right now, and if you look at the warming of earth and the amount of co2 realesed into the atmosphere over the past 100 years you'll notice that they follow nearly identical paths, so that would be proof that it is man made. So you can deny it all you want it probably won't really matter too much in your lifetime, but in a few generations they will feel the effects. Ref climatecentralDOTorg/gallery/graphics/co2-and-rising-global-temperatures
@CriTiKa1, even if it isn't man made who cares? At the rate it's happening it has dangerous implications and should be stopped anyway. Think of it this way: if you have the ability to prevent a murder, knowing who the murder is shouldn't change your decision to prevent it.
@Timeicorn, correlation and causation are not the same thing. Good try though.
@Cocconut Head, you do realize the rate it it is happening at is actually a negative rate the last 15 years. But back to your false information, it has actually increased at much more dramatic rates in the past. Go look at the ice core data.
@Coozination, see in order for what you just said to make sense there would have to be no linkage between the 2. The fact is that the temperature of the earth has remained steady from the last ice age until about 100 years ago, there is another thing that has remained steady, but I think you get the picture. If there was a point in history where the graphs did not line up or the earth cooled but co2 was rising than I might agree with you, but there isn't. In the end it is you against science and, as seen in history, science usually wins.
@Coozination, and in case you have doubts about what I am saying here is my reference http://m.earthobservatory.nasaDOTgov/Features/GlobalWarming/page3.php
@Cocconut Head, But we can't prevent it, we're no where near preventing it. Stopping greenhouse gasses wouldn't help as much as you think it would. There is no way humans can prevent the Earth from following its natural patterns.
@Timeicorn, How do you know the climate has never changed as fast as it is changing now before? The simple truth is we don't have enough data on climate to say that climate change is, without a doubt, being caused by humans.
@CriTiKa1, well that was the point of the reference that I posted, to show how I know what I know. So if you could provide a credible reference to back your opinion that would be great.
@CriTiKa1, at this point it won't because we have pumped so much into the air already. But ten years ago it would have made a difference if people actually listened
@Coozination, 2014 was the warmest year on record since the 1400s according to satellite data from NASA and some other reliable organizations, so that kid f dismantles your little argument right there.
@CriTiKa1, have you ever heard of ice cores? They are chunks of ice dug out if glaciers and arctic ice caps. They trapped ancient methane and CO2 and that data tells us how warm is was in the past. Please, before you claim we have no way of knowing, do some research on the topic. Please don't argue about something you clearly know nothing about.
@CriTiKa1, what else would it be caused by? Volcanoes? Volcanic activity hasn't changed much in the past few thousand years so that has no effect on the climate in the past 200 years. Plus climate change is usually regional not world wide. The last "warming cycle" only really affected Europe. The fact that the only thing that has really changed CO2 levels in the past 200 years is us should kind of ring a bell for logical people about what's happening to the climate. Like I said before: thinking you can pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere with no effect is like pouring chlorine into a lake and expecting the fish to be okay.
I hope the global warming activists know that out planet has gone through climate change (getting hotter and colder) for millions of years (hence there being ice ages and times where there weren't ice ages). Now I'm not saying that burning fossil fuels doesn't have an impact, but it's ridiculous how people thonk if we don't stop now, we'll burn up in our lifetime..
@MrLampoon, "thonk?" Really? Go sit in the corner with the dunce hat; you're in timeout. Sorry for my other self's retardation..
@MrLampoon, Not in our lifetime. Probably soon though.
@MrLampoon, not in our lifetime. But our children's children are totally screwed. Hope they find a cheep alternative to space travel.
@MrLampoon, /facedesk. It's never happened nearly at the rate it's happening now. Maybe not our lifetime but within the next few hundred years life on earth will change dramatically
@MrLampoon, I'd like to not screw over my children's children
@TermsOfEnrampagement, /facephone I know.
@MrLampoon, it's ridiculous to think that pumping thousands of tons of abnormal gases into the atmosphere actually has any effect on the planet am I right? Scientists know that the earth has gone through warming and cooling cycles. The difference between those and this one is that they usually occur over thousands of years. This one has occurred in just two hundred. And I guess it's just a coincidence that it started right as the industrial revolution began. The average yearly temperature last year was higher than it has ever been since the Stone Age and since you're so familiar with climate you would know that the earths temperature has gone up and down a few times since then, so this one being the warmest yet is a but of an alarm to us educated people. Thinking global warming isn't real is like thinking you can pour chlorine into a lake and expect the fish to be okay.
@TermsOfEnrampagement, actually yes in our lifetime- it's beginning now. The temperatures have risen enough to allow species from the Pacific Ocean to swim down and mix with those in the Atlantic. This doesn't sound bad, but it's basically like the Columbian Exchange. Millions of fish will die because they aren't used to the diseases of the other fish due to be isolated for so long. And that process has already begun. Seafood is about to get a lot more expensive.
@MrLampoon, global warming isn't the idea that the earth will heat up into a fireball- it won't. But what will happen is that air and ocean currents will move around and change the climate. Tropical wet climates in the Midwest, arid climates in the Mediterranean. That has a huge impact on farming and on the species living in those regions. It's not something to ignore, even if it isn't as big a deal as some make it to be. The snowball effect happens quick. If just a little but of arctic ice melts, it can release enough trapped methane to heat up the earth enough to melt even more ice. Scientists say that if emissions stopped TODAY that, due to this snowball effect, enough methane will be released to heat the earths average daily temperature up by seven degrees. That doesn't sound like much but it's huge, speaking from a climatology viewpoint. Normal natural climate changes are usually just by one or two degrees. Not seven. And happen over thousands of years. Not 200.
@Cocconut Head, "us educated people". Okay chief whatever you say
@Zeus Laser, get back to me when you actually read a thesis written about the subject instead of relying on Fox News to give you the information
@Cocconut Head, I'm not arguing that it's a possibility, but you don't have to be a douche about it.
@TermsOfEnrampagement, but who cares about that? I care about now and I literally have no qualms about future generations writhing in a world that is essentially a gas chamber. I don't care about the continuation of human habitation of earth and I don't care about polar bears. Why should I care about a few degrees over the course of my life time?
@IAmIcarus, so I take it you don't enjoy fresh clean water? This stuff that's happening in California isn't coincidental
@IAmIcarus, 1. That makes you a terrible person. You are basically saying you don't care about your children. 2. Changes are beginning now. refer to my comment about fish species mixing 3. If that's really your view then you're not allowed to complain about the debt the last generation has left for us.
@TermsOfEnrampagement, not particularly. Filtration is s pretty miraculous process.
@Cocconut Head, 1. I don't have children. 2 who cares about fish species? Not me I'll be dead before any calamity occurs due to fish 3. I have literally never complained about the last generation, ever.
@IAmIcarus, why did you comment in the first place again? Attention? No one was even talking to you
@TermsOfEnrampagement, why does anyone comment? I don't remember anyone talking to anyone specifically so. I'm just wondering what your argument would be against someone who doesn't care about the future.
@IAmIcarus, that you're probably alone and the rest of us aren't douche bags?
@TermsOfEnrampagement, being alone doesn't bother me I prefer it And your personal attacks greatly hinder any point you make
@IAmIcarus, good, don't have children. I guess you don't have a reason to care about fish unless you enjoy seafood. But the thing with the fish is happening in your lifetime. It's happening now. It's super selfish to not care about any life but your own and if you're willing to do something that you know is going to harm life but not necessarily you directly, that makes you scum and if there is a god he will probably send you to hell. If you ever get in an accident, don't expect insurance to pay for it. If you don't care about the well being of others then why should others help you when in need? But no I'm sure you will completely change your tune when it's you doing the suffering. You are trash.
@IAmIcarus, filtration is pretty miraculous except for the fact that it is super expensive. Have fun paying 10 dollars for a bottle of clean water in 50 years.
@Cocconut Head, probably, but I pay insurance companies so they technically owe me. And as far as I care no one has to care about my suffering I don't ask for help, I stay secluded and I'm happy
@Cocconut Head, all the water you drink is filtered. Tap water is filtered.
@IAmIcarus, if you don't want to help others then you shouldn't accept help from hospitals or firemen or police men. And do you know how insurance works? You pay but it's other people's money that pays for big accidents and costs. You can try all you want but there is no way to justify hurting the planet.
@IAmIcarus, you're right, it is. So it would be a real problem if filtration suddenly became harder to achieve wouldn't it.
@IAmIcarus, it's really horrible that you don't care about your own home planet. So far we have never discovered any other planet like this one. This planet is our home, this planet is why you are even alive and able to comment right now. So its a real shame that some people out there don't even give a fvck about this place. This planet gave you life, the least you could do it try your best to keep it alive for a bit longer.
If people are against believing in global warming it's fine but hopefully they still want renewable energy
@Feelgoodbutter, anyone with have a brain would want renewable energy, just most of it is too expensive too compete at the moment
@Feelgoodbutter, people are against global warming because global warming has been confirmed as a made up lie. Now climate change on the other hand is scientifically proven
@Darth Caedus, they're the same thing. They only changed the name because people thought it meant the earth becoming a fireball
Xkcd is a really good comic you guys should read the book by the same guy it's called What If
I am from St. Louis and although I haven't been around since the 90's I can confirm that we are getting less and less snow days... We used to get a lot of them... Highschool is sad without our snowdays... Also it was like 60 degrees today in February in St. Louis which is unbelievable so what they say is pretty true...
Uploader is a moron
I'm from St. Louis and it was 65 degrees today.
"'You see the same pattern all over. Take Detroit--' 'Hold on. Why do you know all these statistics offhand?' 'Oh, um, no idea. I definitely spend my evenings hanging out with friends, and not curating a REALLY NEAT database of temperature statistics. Because, pshh, who would want to do that, right? Also, snowfall records.'"