Is Climate Change really happening?

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The weather is an obsession with the British and no wonder with all the changes we get during our four seasons.

Many of us Silversurfers remember years with extremes of weather like the bitterly cold winters of 1947 and 1963 with snow on the ground for weeks or the long hot summer of 1976. Climate change has been debated constantly for the past two decades with many scientists believing that man’s activities since the Industrial Revolution, and especially in the last few decades, are contributing to a warming trend globally.

Now the popular UK physicist, Professor Brian Cox has been in a debate with an Australian politician, who believes climate change is a conspiracy and the data has been manipulated by NASA and other international institutions like the United Nations. There seems to be no doubt that the climate is getting steadily warmer year by year. While some politicians around the world deny climate change is caused by mankind many others believe it is happening and we need to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide which they believe is causing global warming.

What are your views?  Is the climate getting warmer because of mans activities releasing carbon from driving cars, flying aircraft and factories or has the climate historically always fluctuated and global warming is down to natural causes?
 

Is Climate Change really happening?

226 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Global warming is caused by mankind Global warming is a natural phenomena 

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backpacker
9th Sep 2016
4
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If you look at the population growth, along with all the Stuff that we humans need (or want) houses, transport, schools, domestic fuel, then accept that humans have plundered the planet in order the attain all these things, plus a huge array of material possessions, it is actually common sense to see that we are responsible for climate change.

Maybe it is also a natural phenomena, but we have speeded things up.

What has caused deforestation? Humans
What has caused pollution? Humans
What has caused the decline in many wild species? Humans
What has caused the increase of population? Humans
Which species is the most violent and selfish on this planet? Need you ask?

Yes, we've done some good things, but we can't just sit back and say we have not contributed to global warming.

Wake up people!
Jays
19th Aug 2016
-4
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You can tell by the vote that majority of the folk on here are old!
Older by far than 50!
They do not want to made aware that our world is getting warmer by burning ancient sunlight, this carbon was trapped never to return in the quantity we now do.
Is it there generation that started this cycle with a I will not be alive to reap what we have sown attitude?
Or are we all ostriches with our head in the sand.
If as predicted I would look at the above sea level height you live!
But why worry as we will be dead.
I assume that why as a nation we choose to be cremated so we cannot float away.
John
cheshiredolphin
28th Oct 2016
0
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So you completely dismiss the proven cycle of warming and cooling that the Earth has been through in its long history?

There is also evidence from NASA satellite observations amongst others that the average temperature has not increased significantly
One violent volcano eruption can throw more poisonous gas into the atmosphere than any one industrial nation in a year. Is that ever taken into account when calculating current levels?

There are clearly certain effects of human populations on the World, but we must be careful not to exaggerate them and to create taxation to 'pay' for pollution is specious as it damaging to our country's businesses.
Lionel
24th Aug 2016
1
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Could be a good time to wake up to the lies we are being fed!
JohnHerb
22nd Aug 2016
3
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Global warming is a fact-anyone with half a brain can see that. Is it cyclical by nature or man made. Probably a bit of both but we are causing a lot of it with carbon emissions. We must stop for the sake of our kids and grandkids. As usual with humans its not untill it will be near disaster with crop failures and huge famines that we will refrain and really sort this issue out
Alicia
20th Aug 2016
2
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Terrysoldgal
19th Aug 2016
3
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Of course climate change is really happening and mankind is causing it. With over 4.3 billion people on the planet all of them emittting some form of heat and CO2, logically how can we not be affecting the planet? Digging our heels in and denying it will not be helpful to ourselves or our grandchildren. Overpopulation is one of our biggest issues and I believe we should get back to the wartime slogan of 'two will do' that we had during rationing.
JohnHerb
22nd Aug 2016
1
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I totally agree we need to sort out these issues asap
Wilf
19th Aug 2016
3
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Terrysoldgal-The population is now 7 billion and will be 10 by 2050 and 12 by 20100. There could be 4 billion people in Africa according to the UN by 2100 up from 1.1 billion now
Terrysoldgal
19th Aug 2016
2
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You're right, I stand corrected. I googled the information and then put down the wrong number 🙂
Wilf
19th Aug 2016
2
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Sorry not being difficult at all just read this the other day-all the best!
Barton babe
19th Aug 2016
2
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Active volcanoes throw out more co2 gasses than man, and they have been very active over the past years.
Wilf
19th Aug 2016
3
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Yes very true and a good comment
CarolM
19th Aug 2016
2
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The Earth's climate does move in cycles, however human activity has added greatly to the natural cycle. We do need to harness environmentally friendly energy sources more. Unfortunately Big Businesses are very short sighted and only want profits NOW,they don't seem to care about the consequences of their actions in the future. The UK government's capitulation to the fossil fuel industry in ending subsidies for environmentally friendly energy sources, shows their cowardice and myopia. They should have used the money from the taxes that tedennis moaned about to finance this instead of just adding it to the overall attempt to 'cut the deficit'.
tedennis
19th Aug 2016
7
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I believe global warming to be a natural occurrence but effected by human activity. However I think that politicians are using irrational fears about it to make money from people. Putting taxes on fictitious causes of Global warming is just another form of theft, it will never change anything.
When looked at, the time span of change no one alive today will see the great changes the " experts" say will happen. Most detrimental changes to the world we see around us are caused by Industry and Industrial Farming trying to make more money.
Nothing will change this as MONEY rules today.
anf
19th Aug 2016
6
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Historically the climate changed many times before humans evolved. It's just a natural occurrence.
JohnHerb
22nd Aug 2016
1
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Yes and no. We are a catalyst to this
Wilf
19th Aug 2016
5
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Yes I agree but I think we are "tweaking" the climate and it is getting warmer naturally and we are aiding that
anf
19th Aug 2016
1
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The world will only support a finite number of people. If the projected population exceeds this number then the result will be partial extinction until the numbers balances out. Who will become extinct depends on where they live, and what they do about it. Who knows? we can only guess, but I won't be here to worry about it.
celtwitch
18th Aug 2016
3
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Every hour, sufficient solar energy hits the earth to provide the entire world's energy needs for a full year, the trick is in how to harness it.
That big golden ball in the sky is so unimaginably powerful and responsible for controlling the temperature of the planet.
Humankind's contribution to 'global warming' is so vanishingly small that it's not even worth investigating.
Man made global warming is a scam, the science has been deliberately corrupted in order for governments to levy 'green' taxes.
Climate does change, of course it does, it always has and always will, and there's diddly squat we can do about it, apart from drinking water and carrying a fan in summer and wearing a sweater in winter.
Wilf
18th Aug 2016
2
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The scientific consensus though is our emissions of CO2 are casing global warming. Most scientists including bodies like the UN accept this
tedennis
19th Aug 2016
4
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Wilf it is a scientifically proven fact that scientists can and will prove whatever they are payed to prove, irrespective of the truth.
Wilf
19th Aug 2016
3
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Agreed but not when its thousands of them and from all different countries. It is proven the globe is heating up. It is proven that CO2 traps heat in the atmosphere. It is a fact we are releasing huge amounts of CO2 from buring coal and oil. Cannot see where the ambiguity in that is??
celtwitch
18th Aug 2016
2
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The UN are a corrupt, dishonest and almost criminal conspiracy, controlled by the Organisation of islamic Co-operation (OIC) which consists of the 56 Islamic states. They always vote en bloc, and their relentless lobbying of western governments has influenced outcomes significantly.
'Most scientific bodies' do not accept that 'global warming' is a fact, only those scientists that rely on funding from governments, so obviously if they told the truth, their funding would be cut off.
I'm sorry Wilf, you have been led up the garden path by liars.
Wilf
19th Sep 2016
0
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Celtwitch you say a mini ice age is forecast but the icecaps are melting. There is 1 million less square miles of ice in the north pole this year than about a decade ago??
Wilf
18th Aug 2016
3
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The UN is controlled by all nations who have a vote headed by the permanent 5-US, Russia, China, France and UK. All scientists do agree that the world is heating up-empirical evidence here.... and the majority agree humans are causing it.
celtwitch
18th Aug 2016
1
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'All scientists' do not agree Wilf, and the world is NOT warming up significantly, in fact a mini ice age is forecast.
bootsie
17th Aug 2016
10
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Do we honestly think we can influence the climate apart from tinkering at the edges? The Sun has probably got something to do with it. We are a tiny planet hurtling through space at the mercy of the elements. Only man could think we have any influence at all .
Climate change is all about making money. Period.
Wilf
17th Aug 2016
4
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I think you are right we are tinkering with the climate but thats the issue-the temperature is rising globally and there will be crop issues which will result in less food etc. Very serious!
tedennis
19th Aug 2016
2
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The food shortages can be easily resolved by reducing meat eating and increasing the production of people food instead of fuel food.
For example Rape is one of the most grown crops in the UK yet it is mostly used as a fuel. It cannot be digested by humans unless genetically modified.
Yet vegetables can be eaten by most humans with very little effort.
Don't believe what the greedy politicians say.
Wilf
19th Aug 2016
1
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Yes I agree we should eat a lot less meat and for ethical reasons as well. Its not what politicians are saying. Thats the point. A lot of them deny Global Warming. Its scientists from all over the world including some of our leading scientists like Professor Cox and Professor Hawkins.
Lillypad
17th Aug 2016
2
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The weather started changing in 1974 when we had a mini tornado over night. We then started to get stronger winds and milder winters, slowly at first but now increasing. I think it's down to nature, it's happened before, and no doubt will again.
Lionel
16th Aug 2016
6
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Oh dear, who else has bought into this climate change myth?

The weather changes year by year but the climate remains the same. We are Cool Temperate Western Margin Oceanic by definition. That hasn't changed.

What has changed? The daily weather, not the climate.

Too much money being made by a few scaremongers, I think.
Wilf
16th Aug 2016
4
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Its the global weather temperature thats increasing Lionel not just the British Isles. There is a pattern of warming that most scientists agree with. the question is is it natural or manmade. I would suggest a bit of both.
Lionel
17th Aug 2016
3
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I wouldn't argue, Wilf, the average temperature is rising. My point is, we are being sold on a guilt trip that we, mainly Western man, is responsible for the impending destruction of the habitable biosphere.

That I do not believe is true. There are many more factors involved besides the CO2 man pumps into the atmosphere. Indeed, I would hotly argue we should not attempt to reduce the CO2.

Wilf I'm just a farm worker, a manual worker, but I do have a first class BSc in Geology from London University. I'm not using that to claim a supremacy. No, not at all but rather to say the climate warming reports I've read over the years are flawed. Flawed because they lack the long perspective of knowing what changed in the geological past. That's the qualifier and it's absent in this climate change panic.

That says to me, there's another motive for inciting such public alarm. What's the motive that moves most men? Money.
Wilf
17th Aug 2016
1
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Its not about western man Lionel-China is now the greatest CO2 producer and India is not far behind. The climate is obviously very complex. Mans additions of CO2 add to the warming. Its been proven by leading scientific experts and accepted by the UN etc
Lionel
17th Aug 2016
3
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I think, Wilf, it's time we all questioned these so called experts. The UN is not the final arbiter of truth, neither is NASA. They both go where the money is, and that's our pockets.

My case, in a nutshell, is, let's take a very long, very dispassionate look at this matter. Snap judgements are seldom right.
Wilf
16th Aug 2016
2
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It must be the biggest debate for mankind. Earth has always had climatic cycles look at the ice ages and some scientists think we are between two ice ages now. Mankind is defiantly responsible for more CO2 in the atmosphere as it has been growing annually especially since the 1950s and scientists know that CO2 traps heat. The longterm temperature of the lobe is rising annually so its difficult not to assume we are responsible for it. The problem is going to be that huge areas of the earth like Africa may become uninhabitable and we will be unable to grow food. I am an optimist and think we will get the technology to stop the CO2 emmissions but we had better hurry or as Private Frazer used to say on Dads Army "We're all doomed" !
Lionel
16th Aug 2016
0
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By various mean we are trapping atmospheric CO2 and now agricural yields are diminishing. A connection?

If there is a connection our so called experts better had find it quickly else we're gonna' go hungry.
Wilf
16th Aug 2016
0
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CO2 is rising Lionel. Its now over 400 parts per million up by 25% in the last century. Higher than in the last 800,000 years!
tedennis
19th Aug 2016
4
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Show me the figures from 800,000 years ago and I will believe you.

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