The consequences of climate change are not significant

#1

Myth

With 2 degrees more nothing significant will happen, it will just be a little warmer.

Fact

The consquences will be tragic. Now, with „only“ 1 degree more, every day, a huge part of the polar icecap melts. (hundreds of billion tons every year).

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#2

Myth

Ice is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap.

Fact

Antarctic sea ice is gaining sea ice but Antarctica is losing land ice at an accelerating rate, which has implications for sea level rise.

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#3

Myth

Even if all the ice on Earth melted, ocean levels would not rise. Ice-melting does not raise water levels.

Fact

Floating ice melting does not change the water level significantly. However, the disappearance of glaciers and ice sheets resting on land or on the sea floor does. The water that flows from them raises the level of the oceans. The melting of all land-based ice sheets, especially in Antarctica and Greenland, could raise the average sea level by about 70 meters.

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#4

Myth

Ocean acidification is not a problem. Increasing carbon dioxide emissions have no impact on the oceans.

Fact

Ocean acidification (global warming’s evil twin) has increased by 30% since the beginning of the 20th century. If we were to burn all fossil fuels and thus transfer the carbon locked up in them into the atmosphere, and on to the oceans, we would cause a 5-fold increase in their acidity to levels not seen for 300 million years. This will mean the destruction of coral reefs and phytoplankton, which are the basis of the ocean food chain.

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#5

Myth

Wildfires like those in Australia in 2020 were caused by arsons instead of environmental factors and high temperatures.

Fact

Several recent reports have found that climate change is contributing to the hot, dry conditions that fuel the kind of fires raging up the East Coast of Australia in 2020. The fact is, hot, dry conditions allow for bushfires to escalate, regardless of how they are started. Climate change doesn’t cause these fires, but it can exacerbate the hot and dry conditions that make wildfires more likely to develop and grow.

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#6

Myth

Climate change isn’t that bad, life will find a way. Animals and plants can adapt. Trees, birds, mammals, and butterflies are adapting well to the routine reality of changing climate.

Fact

The fact is that the rate of climate change is putting huge ecological stress on our environments. The problem is that now, with humans having urbanised so much of the environment, plants, bugs, small mammals and fish don’t know where to go. Plants and animals are currently dying off at a rate that is 100 to 1000 times faster than the average rate of extinction over geological timescales.

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#7

Myth

Polar bears are growing in number, which proves that the threat of climate change is exaggerated. Is climate change really that serious?

Fact

Scientists claim there is not enough data to show a rising trend in polar bear numbers. Numerous studies have shown the impact of climate change and shrinking sea ice on polar bears and the threat these pose to their habitat. The melting of sea ice on which polar bears rely to catch the seals they eat is documented in sources including the latest United Nations climate change report.

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#8

Myth

Warming of the climate actually helps the poor. It means less deaths due to cold, regions more habitable, larger crops, longer growing season. That’s good.

Fact

Even if one could remotely agree with such a statement, negative impacts of global warming on agriculture, health & environment far outweigh any positives. There is a long list of cause and effect relationships, showing that most climate change impacts will confer few or no benefits, but may do great harm at considerable cost.

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#9

Myth

To stop global warming, we just need to plant more trees. Plants love carbon dioxide. And a warm climate accelerates plant growth. Trees will cool the climate by sequestering carbon dioxide and storing moisture.

Fact

Forest protection and afforestation will not compensate for increasing carbon emissions. Moreover, trees planted today may in a few decades be part of a warmer climate zone to which they may not be suited. Carbon stored in forests will return to the atmosphere due to fires or pest invasion.

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