ShiftyMutt wrote:I thought the large majority of scientists and extensive research has already proven this? We seem to be breaking records every year.
First, in geological terms, we have actual temperature measurements over only a very short sliver of time. The rest are projections, calculations, algorithms and models. It's a little like looking at a thermometer at 2:00 PM when it reads 75 degrees, and looking again at 2:05 PM when it's 75.2 degrees, and becoming hysterical because the temperature is rising.
Second, I think it's important to know how much of the current temperature changes are caused by our industrial activity rather than normal solar activity or random variations. We know it's somewhere between 0% and 100%. If it's at the high end, we have an immediate problem. If it's at the low end, we have a thousand higher priorities that require our time, energy and resources first. Until we know the answer (and to the best of my knowledge, we don't), it makes no sense to predict the imminent end of the world, or insist we're at "the tipping point", and call for massive reallocations of wealth and resources to combat a problem that may not be under our control.