We couldn’t / shouldn’t do anything to stop climate change

#1

Myth

There’s Nothing We Can Do About It. We cannot change the climate.

Fact

The solution is simple: we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. (An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C).

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#2

Myth

An event called the « Great Solar Minimum » (when the Sun becomes quieter for longer periods of time, experiencing much fewer sunspots and giving off less energy, meaning lower surface temperatures) will protect us from global warming.

Fact

The warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions deriving from the combustion of fossil fuels by humans is six times greater than the possible decennial cooling resulting from a prolonged Grand Solar Minimum. Even if a Grand Solar Minimum were to last a century, global temperatures would continue to warm. The reason for this is because more factors than just variations in the Sun’s output change global temperatures on Earth, the most dominant of those today is the warming coming from human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.

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#3

Myth

The sun has gone into ‘lockdown’ (« Solar Minimum »), which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine.

Fact

NASA scientists are reassuring that the specific changes in the electromagnetic fields of the sun will cause a negligible change in the temperature of the Earth. This is because more factors than a few simple solar changes affect the Earth’s temperatures, the predominant one being man-made heating by greenhouse gas emissions.

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#4

Myth

Who is more responsible for climate change? China emits almost twice as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as the second-ranked US. It doesn’t matter what we do in smaller countries if the huge economies don’t change their ways.

Fact

Despite China’s huge rise in emissions over the past decade, emissions per capita still sit at less than half those of the US, while the one billion people living in Sub-Saharan Africa each emit one-twentieth of the average person in the US.

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