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WHAT IS CLIMATE?

 

Not long ago the debate was still heated as to as whether or not the Earth is warming. Today it has been established that the Earth is indeed warming and as stated by the National Academy of Science “changes observed over the last several decades are likely mostly due to human activities.” This statement was part of a report prepared for the White House in 2001.

Since the start of the Industrial Revolution in 1880, the average temperature of the planet has increased by just over one-and-a-half degree Fahrenheit. That may not seem as much. However, one entire degree – from 59°F to 60°F – has happened since the late 1970s alone. According to the UN-sanctioned Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Earth and her inhabitants will be facing temperatures from three to ten degrees warmer by the end of the twenty-first century.

Putting this into perspective, the temperature difference between now and the last ice age, about twenty thousand years ago, was nine degrees Fahrenheit. According to the predictions of IPCC, that same temperature change will now happen within just one to three hundred years. Natural cycles of warming and cooling are supposed to take tens of thousands of years, not hundreds – so what is taking place?