This page is dedicated to our planet and is constantly work-in-progress.
I collect links, excerpts from reports, scientific articles, arguments in response to climate change deniers or skeptics, all on this site to combat mis-, lack, fake or overflow of information.
Three points are tackled here: 1. what do climate change models predict, 2. what does current scientific evidence tell us and 3. what can we do. All of it is at its initial stage and constantly being complemented and updated.
I’m not a scientist and it is hard for me to understand climate change, filter data, remember them and know which actions on individual and institutional level have the greatest impact. I always looked for a site that can tell me where to find all the things I want to know about the climate, without finding any. So I decided to create one myself.
I mostly avoid animal products (meat, fish, dairy and eggs) and try to eat regional products, I use my own bags when I go to the supermarket, drink coffee from my stinky reusable cup, walk from home to uni, rarely take public transport… but I have been confronted many times with different kinds of counter-arguments:
Some say vegan diets are too restrictive, for they lack some basic nutrients; some say they love meat too much (I respect that); some say there’s no point being vegan if you fly in avocados from South America (I agree, that’s why I try to eat regional); some say individual action has no impact on the planet; some say they are too old to change their habits; some say human activity is not the cause of climate change; some say they don’t care because memento mori; some say we shouldn’t buy Teslas or solar panels for they’re full of lithium which is even more polluting most other things (that’s not an issue here for I don’t really have the money anyways); some say we should have more nuclear power; some say nuclear waste is the worst and we should go for renewable energies…
While I’m trying to make up my mind about all these objections, I feel like it is essential to understand the issue of climate change and global warming in the first place. Only then can one tackle the single objections by sorting them out into different categories (e.g. is individual action an effective way to have an impact on global warming? are humans the cause of climate change? etc.).
WHERE CAN WE FIND PIECES OF INFO ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC is the part of the United Nations, which assesses science concerning climate change. It basically determines the current state of knowledge about climate change and provides regular updates on it (like implications, future risks and adaptation options) by means of climate change models. It is thought to be a guide (not a prescription!) for policymakers, but some of it is intelligible for simple mortals like me too.
I’ve recently read parts of the special report on impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. You can find it here, but it’s quite long, so you can read a summary that they created here. Also, there is a little summary of the summary made by me here.
Note: It is important to note that the IPCC operates with models. There are lots of scientists creating and improving these models, so I personally see them as quite accurate. However, sometimes people object that the models are not accurate enough (which means their predictions are not accurate enough. Believe what you want, but be aware of this objection.).
If models make you feel uneasy, then maybe you should have a look at some hard facts. NASA here below has a really good site about evidence:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) mission:
Global Climate Change
The NASA started a mission called “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet” aimed at providing us mortals with updates about the changing climate of our planet. In contrast with the IPCC (see above) the NASA site is more based on collected scientific evidence, than on predictions of complex climate change models (as does the IPCC).
On this site you find the following categories:
EVIDENCE, CAUSES, EFFECTS, SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS, VITAL SIGNS.
Note: when you had enough of an overview about the causes, the effects and are asking yourself what can be done, you can have a look at the following.
The Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists is a U.S.-American nonprofit organisation created by scientists and students at MIT to address global problems (not only climate change). Their mission is to put science to work to find practical solutions to these global issues, such as clean vehicles, clean energy etc.
more to come…