Is There Really Proof of Global Warming or Are Environmentalists Pushing a False Agenda?

11/26/10 by Gordo

Even though most scientists are convinced that global warming exists, there are still many people who don’t buy it.  I have to admit that I used to be one of them.  I think what put me off about the whole environmentalist movement are people’s attitudes.  People who live a “green” lifestyle are often self-righteous and try to force their ideas upon others.  Rather than being positive and encouraging people to adopt green practices in a nice way, they criticize other people’s actions and make them get defensive.

The only thing that caused me to change my lifestyle and way of thinking was seeing the proof of global warming with my own eyes.  A few years ago, I went to Tuvalu with my wife for our honeymoon.  Because of rising sea levels caused by global warming, Tuvalu is literally sinking.  Many islanders have lost their homes and they live in fear because their homeland is going to disappear at any moment.  It’s a shame to see the effects of our lifestyle in the developed world manifest in places where the local people live in harmony with nature.  I felt like my lifestyle was to blame for the tragedy in Tuvalu.

That’s when I decided to take a stand.  I started to research global warming and read many scientific journals, so I could convince my friends and family members that there is indeed proof of global warming.  That helped me influence them to change their lifestyles and spread the word, causing a domino effect.  Nobody is usually willing to make the changes necessary to stop global warming unless they know the details and see cold, hard evidence.

Temperatures Are Rising Much Faster Than Previously Thought

Satellites have detected that temperatures in a critical part of the atmosphere are rising at an unnatural rate.  The findings were published in the widely acclaimed journal, Nature, in 2004.  Although skeptics claim that temperatures are rising because we’re leaving a mini ice age, the satellite data reveals that the warming is man-made.

Till this data was discovered, scientists doubted that global warming was caused by humans, since satellites couldn’t detect whether temperatures were increasing in the troposphere, the lowest level of the atmosphere.  Research by a team at the University of Washington revealed, however, that tropospheric warming is indeed occurring, serving as proof of global warming.

Warming Sea Temperatures Can Only Be Caused by Greenhouse Emissions

In the past, scientists referred to changes in solar activity and volcanic eruptions to explain rising sea temperatures, but a team at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography examined more than seven million observations of temperature and other variables in the world’s oceans and compared them with computer models of potential causes of climate change and discovered that models based on greenhouse gas emissions matched the observations almost precisely.  The temperatures of the world’s oceans have risen by an average of half a degree Celsius over the past 40 years, and the results of this study prove that only greenhouse gas emissions could be responsible for this phenomenon.

So, if you come across any naysayers that don’t believe you when they say that there is proof of global warming, show them this article and let them know that their opinions were disproved long ago!  Global warming is real and the only way to stop it from destroying our planet is learning about why it exists and then figuring out what steps you can take to lessen its impact.

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