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"There is still time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, if we act now and act internationally"
Lord Stern

 

The Climate Change Debate

In spite of all the scientific evidence gathered since the late 1960's and the considerable amount of evidence presented for public information in the last twenty years, there is still confusion in the general community as to whether or not global warming and climate change are real.  Climate change sceptics abound.  Lord Monckton, 3rd Viscount of Brenchley for instance, toured Australia in 2011 spreading misinformation.  In his lectures he disputes whether global warming is man-made, suggests that it is unlikely to prove catastrophic, and criticizes the science presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific body established by world governments to provide a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.  Lord Monckton accuses world governments of conspiring to make money out of the climate change scare by ultimately taking control of world financial markets.  It seems to me that Lord Monckton is doing quite nicely out of climate change himself!

Schools are in an ideal position to provide the facts and clarify the issues associated with climate change.  Every opportunity to do so must be taken so that our students are accurately informed.  Teachers of all subjects need to be well-informed on climate change.

People in the community need to stop debating the science and start debating the politics of the best way to solve the problem.  It really makes no sense for people, especially people with little or no scientific background, to make statements like: I dont believe in climate change.  With the huge amount of evidence now collected and analyzed, it is akin to saying I dont believe in atoms. or I dont believe in DNA.  If your doctor told you that you had a life-threatening condition and Lord Monkton, whose only academic credentials include a degree in classics and a diploma in journalism, told you to ignore that advice would you listen to him?

Amongst the scientific community worldwide, the basic understanding surrounding the global warming issue is that warming since the Industrial Revolution is undeniable, it is being driven by human causes, and it presents a distinct threat to the earths climate system.  Global warming is a definitive reality created by human actions, and it connects at a fundamental level with several other serious problems facing society the global population crises, the power crises, the global food & water shortage to name a few.  Climate change ranks as the single greatest threat to modern society, and the future results may be cataclysmic without effective policies to control the human destruction on the climate.  Schools have a responsibility to get this message out there and to get the debate focused on solving the problem. (Adapted from Rapid Climate Change Overview, Executive Summary by Nick Perry, July 2007.)

 

 

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Check out the following links:

IPCC Report - Climate Change 2013 The Physical Science Basis - Both the summary of the report & the whole report are available from this page.

Unpacking the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report - The Climate Council of Australia (see above) has written a summary of the 2013 IPCC Report.

Infographic of IPCC 2013 Report - The Climate Council of Australia has prepared a very brief infographic presenting the essential features of the IPCC 2013 Report.

Why Should We Care About Climate Change? - very brief video from Physics World (20 May 2013).

Is there a difference between climate scepticism and climate denial? - brief video from Physics World (21 May 2013)

ACS Climate Change Toolkit - a very useful resource for students and teachers

Rapid Climate Change Overview, Executive Summary

Rapid Climate Change Overview - the whole paper

Summary of the 2007 IPCC Report on the Physical Basis of Climate Change

Frequently Asked Questions from the 2007 IPCC Climate Change Report

Q&A: "Climategate" - article from the Guardian

The World's Biggest Problems

Al Gore's New Thinking on the Climate Crisis (video)

Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change

Australian Conservation Foundation

Catholic Earthcare Australia

Adapting to Climate Change - Facing the Consequences - an article in The Economist

Governments Must Act

Merchants of Doubt - (excellent article in Cosmos Magazine)

Debating Lord Monkton

The New "Arctic Ice Minimum" video - check out this interesting video on climate change using 2012 data

 

NOTE: If you find a particularly good climate change site, let me know.  I can add a link to it from this site.

 

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Robert Emery 2002 - view the Terms of Use of this site.