by Environmental Defense Fund | Updated on 2.28.19
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Human-produced pollution is causing climate change that is dangerous now and will become much more dangerous in the future if we do not act.
NASA, the National Academy of Sciences and every major scientific organization recognizes this. Indeed, 97 percent of climate scientists worldwide agree that climate change is real and driven by human activity. In the scientific world, that is consensus.
For example, the National Climate Assessment (NCA) report was developed and written by NOAA, NASA, the Department of Defense and experts at 10 other agencies. It was based on the most up-to-date scientific literature and matches the conclusions of thousands of other scientists around the world.
The report includes the latest attribution studies for Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall and devastated parts of the U.S. in 2017. Studies cited in the report show how human action made the storm about three times more likely to happen and increased Harvey's rainfall by at least 15 percent, with a best estimate of 38 percent, based on data culled just since Trump took office.
Climate change reports from major climate science institutions around the world are entirely based on thoroughly peer-reviewed scientific research, are further reviewed by external experts at various stages of development and are often even publicly available in draft form and open to review by the general public.
For example, the NCA report's development was open for review at every step. The rough draft was open for public comment and the authors were even required to respond to every public comment. The report was also reviewed and endorsed by major scientific institutions. Every statement in the report is meticulously documented with sources and citations.
Working to stop climate change can drive economic growth, while unchecked climate change is expected to have dire economic consequences. For example, Citibank estimates the costs of unchecked climate change at more than $40 trillion by 2060.
Meanwhile, more than 4 million Americans now work in wind, solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy jobs — far more than the 160,000 who work in the coal industry — and experts estimate that investing in revitalizing water infrastructure in the U.S. could generate 1.3 million more jobs.
Scientists often volunteer their time to write climate change reports. For example, the authors of the NCA report did not receive compensation for writing the report, and academics who are usually tasked with writing climate reports — such as earth science and environmental studies professors — generally make less than their peers in the humanities or social sciences.
The NCA authors, for example, are not Trump appointees, but impartial, independent civil servant scientists whose work is not directed by the politicians but by the facts.
It's worth noting that fossil fuel companies fund climate studies too. In peer-reviewed climate studies by Exxon Mobil from 1977 to 2014, 83 percent acknowledged the reality of climate change, and that it is caused by humans.
Major climate change assessments from reputable scientific institutions — such as the U.S. government’s National Climate Assessment and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report on different levels of warming — consider a wide range of future conditions, from the use of advanced technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to escalating emissions from the absence of climate action.
Written by Environmental Defense Fund
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Because this is still not enough, we must do much more. These big oil polluters need to start paying to reverse climate change! No subsidies for fossil fuels! All fossil fuel subsidies should go to renewable and sustainable infrastructure#
Stop subsidizing oil ,coal, and gasoline. Renewable energy is the future
Trashing our environment for profit should carry the death penalty.
We are out of time.
Climate change is an immutable fact. We need to do more now.
We don’t need more carbon. We need more clean energy, solar and wind!
98% OF THE WORLD'S CLIMATE SCIENTISTS HAVE SAID IN NO UNCERTAIN LANGUAGE CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT ONLY REAL IT IS DO TO ALL THE CRAP BEING SPEWED INTO THE ATMOSPHERE!
One world one chance.
I was raised in West Virginia. I saw the human destruction and the environmental destruction of coal. Outlaw coal production in the USA!!!
We all share this one planet - one planet. We are capable of working together and we must. We must do all we can as individuals and as a group, to mitigate climate change-global warming. It must be approached from multiple approaches. Now.
But who will read the reports to our President?
better safe than sorry
We need to protect the environment. There are plenty of alternatives for power. People with jobs in the coal industry should be retrained to work in alternative power production.
Climate and weather are not the same. Climate change is real. Even the United States Navy wants to build a wall around Washington Navy Yard to save this historic site from rising ocean levels. I’m not planning to buy ocean front property. It’s not going to be there in the not too distant future.
Every first world country knows climate change is real and responsible for the declining environment. If anything, this could be a new "race" just like the space race. Imagine if each country was fighting to create a better environment for their people instead of bashing the science that has be proven hundreds of times to be true .
We must reduce the levels of CO2 and move away from Fossil Fuels. Carbon-based taxes provide economic incentives to accelerate this trend. We have only 10 years to prevent the catastrophic effects of “Climate Change.” The time to move is NOW!!!!!
The future of humanity depends on the choices we make today. Look at your children, your beloved ones, and choose to make a healthy future for them.
I think the time for coal is over. Many coal companies are investing in clean energy. Man made pollution must end.
Let's guarantee the future for our children, NOW!
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