Climate change is always a contentious issue – how do we help slow or stop it? Who are the people responsible? What factors affect it the most?
A more rarely asked question is ‘is it really happening?’ For many this would seem like a silly question, with the wealth of information and research completed showing how it is happening. So-called climate sceptics are relatively few and far between, but like most groups of people who have opposing views to the masses, their voices are easily heard.
A recent study led by Prof Richard Muller has shown that there has been a rise in average global land temperature of approximately 1.5 degrees C over the past 250 years and about 0.9 in the last 50. This is just the abridged version of the figures, but as the study was meant to be aimed at sceptics of climate change, the results have not exactly helped their intended audience.
Not unsurprisingly, these figures have made sceptics turn their backs on the data and continue in their beliefs. At least the man responsible – Professor Muller – has turned on his long held stand point and now agrees with the idea that humans are responsible for the increase in global temperature. This may not seem too much of an issue, merely a scientist wanting better proof, right? Not good enough for many sceptics it would seem.
I find it hard to believe that there are still sceptics arguing their stand point, when nearly everyone who has even the faintest understanding of climate change accepts the responsibility of humans.
Of course, it is no-one’s place to stop people thinking how they want, without scepticism there can be no real progression and enforcement of theories. I do not necessarily want to know why people are sceptical, but the sheer fact that they are encourages others to dig deeper into the reasoning, which can help our understanding in the future.