Climate change is fueling extremism, raising tempers along with temperatures
The question of climate change is being debated by a number of prominent political leaders, and climate scientists are increasingly debating its cause and its extent.
As part of that debate, they’re debating whether human activity has caused global warming and, if so, how much.
In doing so, they’re exploring a subject that’s been hotly contentious for most of the last century, in other words, they’re going deep into territory that’s at once familiar and alien.
At a Glance Climate change has been on the rise for the past century
Global temperatures have risen by an average of 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880
The scientific community, especially climate science, has been divided over whether or not humans caused the rise
The subject of “climate change” is a contentious one.
The United Nations recognizes that global warming is, in fact, taking place, though its cause and extent, and its possible consequences for society, are hotly disputed among scientists.
As part of that debate, climate change is being debated by a number of prominent political leaders, and climate scientists are increasingly debating its cause and its extent.
There’s been a debate about climate change for as long as there have been people. During the past century, climate change has been on the rise.
It has also been hotly disputed.
In the past, climate scientists have agreed that some warming has taken place over the past century. Scientists have also disagreed over whether it’s human-caused, or not, and whether it’s increasing or decreasing in size.
While the debate over the cause of climate change has dominated headlines and the media for a while, climate experts are now increasingly focusing on its potential causes and how much humans are contributing to global warming.
“The climate is changing dramatically. That’s what science tells us. And the evidence is unequivocal,” former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration director William Patzert said.