979 Climate Change Misconceptions debunked

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Five climate change science misconceptions debunked

The Conversation

The science of climate change is more than 150 years old and it is probably the most tested area of modern science. However the energy industry, political lobbyists and others have spent the last 30 years sowing doubt about the science where none really exists. 

The latest estimate is that the world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200m each year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate-motivated policy.

This organised and orchestrated climate change science denial has contributed to the lack of progress in reducing global green house gas (GHG) emissions - to the point that we are facing a global climate emergency

And when climate change deniers use certain myths - at best fake news and at worse straight lies - to undermine the science of climate change, ordinary people can find it hard to see through the fog. 

Here are five commonly used myths ... go to the article for the real science that debunks them:

1. Climate change is just part of the natural cycle

2. Changes are due to sunspots/galactic cosmic rays

3. CO₂ is a small part of the atmosphere – it can’t have a large heating affect

4. Scientists manipulate all data sets to show a warming trend

5. Climate models are unreliable and too sensitive to carbon dioxide

From the Rationalist Society of Australia:

What to do about climate change deniers?

At what point will even climate change deniers accept that the trend is incontrovertible? With Australia experiencing an early bushfire season to its north, scientists have confirmed the northern hemisphere has just had its hottest summer on record:

"What's remarkable about 2019′s record warmth is that it comes in the absence of a strong El Niño event ... as global average temperatures continue to rise in response to increasing levels of human-produced greenhouse gases, it is becoming easier to exceed climate benchmarks even without strong El Niño events.'' 

University-domiciled "The Conversation" has just announced they will no longer tolerate climate change denial comments on their site. 

Should the RSA do the same? 

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