The topic has been a steady feature in the news for a while. It began as a theory that many discredited. After all, how could one species change the weather? It's one of the big things we feel we have no control over day to day. Yet, questions arose and studies crept up in response to rising temperatures.
The beginning of climate change study started when scientists wanted to test the greenhouse hypothesis. Could the gasses that human production emit trap in heat in the atmosphere? In the late 19th century, scientists began to debate something that is now recognized as a constant phenomenon on Earth by most of the scientific community.
A new study has just concluded that the earth is getting warmer. In 2015, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released information about the rising temperatures of sea surfaces. Recently, a study just backed up this data.
The Importance of Multiple Studies
A backup study was crucial to legitimizing NOAA's findings. This is because as soon as it was published, many politicians claimed that the data was falsified. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican Representative, was the main spokesperson for this belief. And a large following accepted his viewpoint. Part of the reason so many sided with him and so many articles agreed with his perspective was that older findings from NOAA did not seem to show the same pattern.
After Public Radio International (PRI) wrote an article about the new study, it made rounds on social media. This included Reddit, Facebook and Twitter. Many readers were incredulous. However, many were elated that some doubt cleared up.
Doubt really should be squashed now with all the available data. However, the battle hasn't stopped. There is still a large percentage of the population who doubt that either climate change exists or that humans cause it.
They say the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging it. Even without being a scientist (and if you want to be--go for it!), you have tools to persuade others. Not nearly as many people would have read articles on the latest climate change study if it hadn't been posted and shared through social media. Join us, and connect with others who are passionate about climate change. From there, you can brainstorm and create and join projects on how to make a difference.