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Is climate change an urgent problem?

Six in 10 adults (61%) in Scotland believe climate change is an urgent problem, according to statistics.

After one of the hottest summers on record, many people around the country are reflecting on the state of the earth’s climate and how pollution and plastics are playing a role.

Young people appear to be particularly concerned about global warming, while worry is lowest among those in the 75+ age group.

The figures are contained in the annual 2017 Scottish Household Survey published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, which contains a wide-ranging look at people’s changing attitudes and circumstances in Scotland.

In the survey, respondents were asked questions about their attitudes towards climate change.

Some 61% last year agreed it is an “immediate and urgent” problem, up from 55% in 2016.

Some 18% said it is more of a problem for the future, 5% said it is not really a problem and 8% said they are not convinced that climate change is happening.

Just 7% said they think climate change will only affect other countries.

Dr Sam Gardner, acting director of WWF Scotland, said: “It’s no surprise a growing number of people are concerned about climate change, it’s playing out in front of our eyes.  This week it was confirmed this summer was the joint hottest on record in the UK.

“Now we need politicians of all colours to ensure the Climate Change Bill currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament, shows the leadership needed to avoid the worse impacts of climate change both here and abroad.”

What do you think? Is climate change an urgent problem or an overblown political issue? Share your views at Speakers Corner 

Is climate change an urgent problem?

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blackbeard
14 hours ago
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Global warming is real!! But, in my most humble opinion it's not all man made, especially not in recent times. As others here have highlighted, there is more in the way of evidence that global warming is a natural event. There is obvious evidence too of man adding to it, but not totally responsible for it
The whole concept of global warming needs to be looked at in context. This type of event has occurred many times before in the history of our dear earth and that can be seen in ice bore samples and in earth bore samples
ColinM1
1 days ago
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Come on !! The climatic crisis is man made and getting worse. Cars pollute our towns ,cities and villages . The seas and rivers are awash with plastic rubbish . Fracking rapes the virgin soil ! We must develop more environmentally sound means of energy production . Wind and wave power and solar energy . It is our duty to preserve nature and leave future generations a clean climate !
VelmaR
1 days ago
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It is a way for Congress to get more money from taxpayers
Costezuela
2 days ago
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If you check back in history all the so called 'catastrophes' labelled 'global warming' have happened before!
Whilst I could perhaps be persuaded that the modern world is speeding things up I firmly believe that what the 'scientists' are labelling global warming is just a natural cycle of events:- what wiped out the dinosaurs, for example? - if this was a natural phenomonen then something similar will surely happen again and I don't hear the doom mongers blaming man for the loss of dinosaurs!!
ColinM1
2 days ago
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Delighted to see that the Woman's Rural and their “ Buddies “ in the right wing “Brexit is great , do you not read the Mail ,Express or listen to the incredibly unbiased Beeb ! Rule Britannia “ have now thrown in the towel !
ColinM1
3 days ago
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Global warming is perhaps the most important problem facing us at present . The philosophy of those who claim it is inevitable shows a mind set that is dangerous and negative . Scotland is a world leader on tackling climate change and Scotland’s transition to a more prosperous, low carbon economy is already well underway. We have created jobs and backed innovative, new industries while winning international respect for our ambition and leadership on climate change.On 5 September 2017, the First Minister launched the Programme for Government 2017-18, which sets out bold commitments to decarbonise our economy and places Scotland firmly at the forefront of the global fight against climate change. The Scottish Government will establish a Just Transition Commission to advise Scottish Ministers on the move towards a low carbon economy.
Calli
4 days ago
2
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So very glad someone said ICE AGE. I sometimes think that the media and political powers that be like to keep society in a perpetual state of fear,and with the technology we have today it is so easy to do just that.
Yodama
3 days ago
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I agree with you Calli, and I don't buy into the theory that it is humans who are causing global warming, it is the natural order of planetary behaviour. Don't think anything we do will make that much difference.
The warming effect we are experiencing now is just a prelude to an ice age.
Latest pseudo scientific idiocy is that we humans wiped out the Elephant bird 10,000 years ago. ( BBC News!)

The truth of the matter is that nobody knows anything for sure. The only thing I am sure of is that giant corporations with clout are running this whole agenda to line their own pockets and hoodwink the beleagured world population.

In the meantime, it doesn't stop them from destroying swathes of forest to make more money. Criminal I call it!
Calli
2 days ago
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When it comes to giant corporations, I agree with you Yodama. They destroy so many things for their greater good, and only theirs.
As far as the Elephant bird goes, is their no one left who believes in EVOLUTION?
Do people really believe that animal or human species have stopped evolving or that extinction is not just a part of a species life cycle?
Now having said that I will not deny that the human race is clearly responsible for some species annihilation, including its own!
Survival of the fittest?
Calli
2 days ago
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Survival of the fittest in relation to species that are not human. The annihilation of our own species is heartbreaking.
Paturry
5 days ago
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We should accept the scientific consensus and keep pressing for action to tackle man made climate change.
Alicia
5 days ago
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Yes it is and we must all do what we can to help the situation.
kentrix39
6 days ago
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Unfortunately will only affect my family from grandchildren through great grandchildren and so on. I personally have seen this c oming for forty odd years having lived and worked out doors most of that time why the sudden panic I do not know. We pay some people fantastic amounts of money to predict and take action against what they call "global warming", why have they not started all those years ago.
In the sixties I used to instruct in skiing in the Cairngorms that had ceased in the late seventies and not at all after the eighties, all go to Norway or Sweden now, Royal Marines that is. So that was proof if proof was needed. In the nineties I have even cut a clients grass on New Years day in the South of England for a party on the lawn
Lorraine
14th Sep 2018
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Can't believe that people seem to be unconvinced about the perils of global warming. Not sure whether we are too late to make a difference. Even if the warming is part of the natural evolution of our planet could we change the outcome?
Lionel
8th Sep 2018
0
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Headline in today's Mailonline.

'Manmade climate change is so 'indisputable' it does not need to invite 'deniers' on to its shows for balance, declares the BBC.'

This precisely exemplifies my point below: truth and transparency are not in evidence in the climate change debate. Indeed, no debate is allowed. Central Europe under Moscow Communism was not as tightly controlled was we are.

Until a full and open series of debates have taken place on air, and peer reviewed in the press and Scientific journals I will remain a climate change sceptic.
Yodama
9th Sep 2018
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Mmmmmmm! That is the sound of a gagging order.
Lionel
9th Sep 2018
1
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My thoughts too!

Further evidence, perhaps, the great British public is being deceived, yet again?
JudithH75ody
8th Sep 2018
1
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I totally agree with several other writers. We have so much conflicting information to consume, that I for one really am sceptical about the scaremongering regarding climate. I want solid facts that all scientists agree on, before I buy into "we are doomed" .....
Lionel
6th Sep 2018
0
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There's nothing more urgent in the matter of climate change than a full truth be presented to the general public!

What we have at the moment is a history of corrupted reports, misinterpretations of phenomena, unsustainable predictions and the silencing of dissenting voices that is criminal and should be treated as such.

I suggest all reports and predictions prior to this date are destroyed. As new raw data is garnered it must be peer reviewed, which must include dissenting voices. All government and private funding absolutely must be withheld until a round table approach to so called climate change is deployed everywhere. No inducements, financial or otherwise, Threats or intimidation of peers or experts must be regarded as high treason against the people and the appropriate penalty executed without fear or favour.

Until such drastic changes occur I will stand with Yodama and declare these changes in weather we are witnessing as cyclical. In otherwise I'm a climate change very sceptic!
Billythequiche
7th Sep 2018
1
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I should not be surprised that you get to the heart of the matter so succinctly. Anyone who can see that doing something you love to earn a living rather than selling your soul for a fat pay packet. has their brain wired up better than most of us. As someone who has spent most of their life deeply connected with the climate, I trust your judgement.
Hope your wife is fine.
Lionel
7th Sep 2018
1
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Hello Billy, hope you're keeping well.

I simply plead for truth in all things. Mankind cannot exist contentedly under a miasma of untruth, and I mean the dictionary definition of miasma. Untruth breeds uncertainties, unrest, discontentment, lack of trust in anything and forces us back to a solitary place where our own perceptions are the only truth we know.

I have yet to be convinced our climate is changing, although weather patterns most certainly are shifting. But then nothing is static on a living planet. Historic climatology going into geological periods can demonstrate climate changes - ice ages through to hot dry deserts - but this requires many, many centuries to accomplish, not a decade or so. And it's worth noting mankind wasn't in evidence then!

CO2 is beneficial for our planet. All land based plant life requires it to survive. Take CO2 out of the equation and crop yields drop, heavily vegetated areas become deserts and plant generated oxygen isn't available for us to breathe.

I'm afraid there's just too many unsupported or contested statement in this climate change business. And a business is exactly what it is.
Yodama
7th Sep 2018
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Nailed it in one Lionel, the Kyoto protocol is for big business, all about taxing the very air we breathe, carbon tax an example.

Has anyone told the United Nations that we are heading for an ICE AGE?
New Zealand Ice caps are packing on ice alarmingly but we are not told about that by mainstream media, in case we start asking questions.
Global warming is a created myth.

Brainwashing as in the book 1984, Newspeak would call it Blackwhite – the ability to believe that black is white, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary
Yodama
5th Sep 2018
3
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Although humans are highly irresponsible in the way they contribute to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, is it just humans causing the damage?
Someone once suggested it was the cows that were responsible...everyone has their own views about this.

Earth has a history of ice ages, natural cataclysms, and axis shifts. This causes warming and cooling cycles connected to the periodic cycles and orientation of the earth. The Milankovitch cycles show us how sunlight reaches the earth and how the periodic precessional movement of the earth determines how it is affected by sunlight .

Quantities of fresh water entering the oceans from melting ice have an effect on oceanic circulation and flow around the planet.
Changes such as these are probably the cause of huge amounts of buried carbon dioxide being released into the air causing a warming effect.

Heat redistribution from 17-18.000 years ago has caused global temperature to rise by a marginal 0.3ºC.
Not a lot in the scheme of things

Not forgetting natural events spewing carbon dioxide into the air.

Mother nature will have her way so it is not all down to humans.
Yodama
5th Sep 2018
5
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And no, it is not an urgent problem in my view. It is a cyclical issue.
viking
5th Sep 2018
3
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I don't agree with you all of the time, but on this issue you have made your point so succinctly.
May I just add the word "Doggerland " and say that artifacts now being dragged up from the sea around the Scandinavian coast and English Channel then put into museums, prove beyond all shadow of doubt, that "warming" or whatever you may call it,happened all that time ago, without the help of the present day population.
Yodama
5th Sep 2018
2
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I doff my hat to you viking.
It is as it has always been, the whole universe respirating, giving birth and dying.

We are but fleas on the back of Gaia ( Professor James Lovelock's theory) and if we go too far, hopefully nature will correct the balance to some degree.
If not, we are toast.
Lionel
5th Sep 2018
2
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It's interesting to note the first chapter of Genesis, when read in Hebrew, actually declares the earth to be female, but it doesn't go as far as Lovelock.
Yodama
6th Sep 2018
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I suppose everything in life is theoretical Lionel, nobody knows anything for certain so we stumble on from one generation to another.
Lovelock's theory is just that, a theory.

If the earth is female, you may consider planetary perturbations as Gaia having her PMT moment.
Hank999
5th Sep 2018
1
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I admit I know nothing of the subject in a scientific sense but I saw a sepia photo of Niagra falls frozen over By the clothes in the picture, I would say it was the Victorian era. If that was true what does that tell us? Was it just a blip?
LanceFogg
5th Sep 2018
3
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Wilf
You state that "There are now more than 400 carbon atoms per metre-higher than for 800,000 years"
This is precisely what I was referring to in my message. I regret to say you are a victim of "pseudo-science". SUch messages are meaningless. Carbon atoms alone have absolutely no bearing on heat retention by the earth. If they are part of molecules of substances which have heat reflection properties then yes, that might be a problem.
As for comparing the figure with that of 800,000 years ago - sorry, absolute rubbish. First of all we have very little record of what the atmosphere was like then. Secondly, it was most likely completely different to that of today. As the earth cools -and yes, it did cool down substantially since it was formed from hot gases, most likely similar to that which cover the surface of the sun - the chemical composition has changed of both the planet and its atmosphere. And the earth will continue to cool and will probably finally become similar to Mars. So much depends on what happens to the sun.
Of course, I'm talking of a timescale of millions of years. we have keep things in proportion. To get all frantic about a minor blip in our weather systems is typical of the followers of "pseudo science". It's not going to happen tomorrow or the day after. Our forebears suffered in hotter climes than we have ever known.....and survived. OK, our world is rather more complicated and more populous than it was a few thousand years ago so we have to learn to adjust but blind panic is not going to help.
Wilf
5th Sep 2018
0
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Lance-It is a proven fact the more Carbon Dioxide there is in the atmosphere the more warmth is trapped-"CO2: It's a greenhouse gas. That means CO2 in the atmosphere works to trap heat close to Earth. It helps Earth to hold on to some of the energy it gets from the Sun so the energy doesn't all leak back out into space." Scientists know how exactly what the climate was like 800,000 years ago from plant growth of fossils etc. I agree climate is very complicated and affected by a lot of factors mostly by the sun BUT it is now a proven fact by scientists that humans are contributing to global warming. Many scientific journals like Scientific American have had numerous articles over the past decade by the worlds leading scientists supporting this.
LanceFogg
5th Sep 2018
1
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Trying to reverse Climate Change is like like trying to reverse the rotation of the earth! it is too big a subject for mankind to influence. Yes, we may be contributing but our contribution, estimated to be in the region of less than 5%, is insignificant compared to what the earth itself produces.
Hmm! cows produce methane in their gut, which is also classed as a greenhouse gas in that it prevent the loss of heat. It was suggested that if the human race went vegetarian and therefore did not need cows, it would reduce the global warming effect by as much as 30%.
It's a bit like the proposal back in the early 19th century that all horse-drawn transport should be prohibited because if it continued to increase at the then current rate the streets of London would be submerged under a mountain of horse dung. Fortunately along came the motor car!!!
We can rarely predict what lies around the corner! When mobile phones were first introduced in the 1980s who could have predicted that in 30-40 years nearly 90% of the world's population would have one and that cadmium and lithium would become the world's most sought after minerals because of the part they play in the ICs in them.
Wilf
5th Sep 2018
1
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You are right trying to reverse it will be difficult but we need to do it. Why would we risk 100s of millions of people starving-mass immigration away from places like Africa maybe currents like the gulf stream being disrupted (a possible consequence of arctic ice melt) and Uk being frozen in the winter. Who wants cars belching out smoke and particulates-lets go for green cars, energy etc and create a massive industry re greening ourselves. what we are living through now is the last gasps of dirty industrial age. The future is green and we had better get into it asap.
Wilf
4th Sep 2018
1
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Unfortunately it is a huge problem and unless we act fast it will cause catastrophic issues for mankind and indeed all life on earth. There are now more than 400 carbon atoms per metre-higher than for 800,000 years. The more carbon in the atmosphere the more heat is trapped. Scientists agree the world is undergoing climate change and yet we keep on with our current lifestyles. There are changes afoot like electric cars and than goodness governments around the world have agreed to solutions but they are not rapid enough. Summers are getting hotter...look at this summer its just been announced the hottest on record. Glaciers are melting and by 2050 the arctic ice will have melted in the summer leading to greater warming as the sea absorbs heat whereas ice obviously reflects it. I worry for our children and grandchildren.
Richard65
4th Sep 2018
0
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Donald Trump says it's all fake news and all made up and an American president would never tell lies.... would they?
Wilf
5th Sep 2018
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LanceFogg
4th Sep 2018
3
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The subject, i.e the problem of climate change is, as yet, not quantified. As the saying goes - there are lies, there are damned lies and then there are statistics. Statistics about how temperatures measured at various elevations and at various depths in the oceans and how they are interpreted can have a multitude of interpretations.
And then there is the question of causes. It still has to be proved beyond reasonable doubt that man has a major influence on climate change. Volcanic activity is a considerable cause and so is the relative position of the sun, factors which are often disregarded by the proponents of climate change.
The earth's climate system is extremely complicated and we must not over-simplify it. It is interesting to note that the climate in UK has been considerably warmer in the 15-16th centuries and even further back in Roman times. And yet we now have so-called "experts" telling us to prepare for a Mediterranean climate. Balderdash!! We might be on the upside of a blip in the climate but it could be insignificant compared to the overall trend taken over the past 1000 years.
If by recycling plastic and not using non-recyclable fossil fuels you think you're helping the planet - yes. Any such action is helpful but not the solution. There may never be a complete solution.
Wilf
4th Sep 2018
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Scientists and most governments agree its happening. I think we need to stop questioning it and find solutions rapidly.
Lionel
5th Sep 2018
2
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Wilf, scientists and governments agree ... that is my problem. No longer is science impartial and frankly, anything the state gets behind is immediately suspect.
Wilf
5th Sep 2018
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But Lionel it is not just one state...its practically every country globally including Russia and China!...and the USA ..forget Trump he doesn't believe in it as its "Face News"!
Hank999
4th Sep 2018
2
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To answer this question one must have full knowledge and not just what you read in the newspaper. I wonder how many people do have the full knowledge. Clean air to me is far more important
Billythequiche
4th Sep 2018
2
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The selfish answer is ''it will not bother me''; the sensible answer is that we need to do our best to improve/protect our children's and grandchildren's legacy. The problem is, that like Brexit, it is difficult to know who is telling the truth. We are told to reduce the use of fossil fuels but log burners are the height of fashion; Drax now burns wood pellets; the government gives mixed messages on diesel/petrol; if we go to all electric cars. is the electricity generated with fossil fuels; will superpowers ''go green?''; will forests still be burned? I have no answers, only ''burning'' questions.

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