By Keith Antonysen
The science of climate change began through Jean Fourier believing that the Earth could not hold warmth without some medium retaining warmth from the sun. We now call what Fourier posited, greenhouse gases. In the 1850s Eunice Foote experimented with gases and found that what we now term carbon dioxide retains warmth. John Tyndall a little later also experimented with CO2 and came to the same conclusion.
During the 20th Century, climate science had reached a stage where reliable projections into the future could be made.
Scientists were already informing fossil fuel corporations about the climate warming through use of fossil fuels from the 1950s onwards. More evidence is provided by CIEL. So, the science was strong enough for action to begin to ward off climate change. At that time predictions were being made about the effects of climate change such as extreme weather conditions; examples being, storm surges, droughts, heatwaves, wildfires etc. At this stage, the denier world had not begun and the damage to the atmosphere was relatively benign in comparison to contemporary times.
Around the time of the election of President Bush senior, the politics and deniers helped create doubt in climate science outlined in a long narrative in the New York Magazine written by Nathaniel Rich.
Up till the 1980s, it would have been much easier to have created a safer world for young people to bequeath at far less cost. Risk factors have now increased.
David Wallace-Wells wrote a well researched article for the New York Magazine a little over a year ago, the article gained much criticism; an annotated version of his article was later published providing much extra information as to how he reached his conclusions.
The view could be held that the article by David Wallace-Wells is hyperbole, yet the annotated material is derived from a myriad of science sources.
Since Wallace-Wells had his article published there have been catastrophic firesoverseas. Current Australian fires have been labelled as being catastrophic. Already four decades ago a scientist working for CSIRO was the first to study the association between climate change and bushfires. Fire Authorities around the world now recognise that bushfires/wildfires are associated with climate change.
So the narrative is that climate science developed over almost 2 centuries through the work of thousands of scientists before it was attacked in the main by people without any climate science qualifications over a period of a few decades. Since 1979 climate science has gained much data through the use of satellites. Geologists are now able to take rock samples from rock layers over 250 million years of age which provide much detail about the state of the climate in the past.
Finally, Professor Richard Alley has stated that through his work with ice cores abrupt climate change can occur in the space of a decade.
When there are thousands of scientists signing a letter in regard to needing to acknowledge the need to declare a climate emergency, policy makers need to take notice. It is quite impossible to provide the number of references that underpin the scientists concerns as many thousands of studies are published each year in peer reviewed journals.
Keith Antonysen has been researching climate science since the 1980s; at that time predictions were being promoted that would happen in the future. We are now beginning to witness the predictions forecast in the past coming true. Denier Agencies have been very successful in promoting pseudo science for many years; it is very clear that many decision makers are fooled by the pseudo science promoted; or, have been bought through large donations. Keith Antonysen believes we must fight against the greed shown by Fossil Fuel Corporations and self-serving Politicians for the sake of upcoming generations.
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