The rich countries might be able to adapt. But the worst impacts of climate change – drought, famine, and disease – will disproportionately affect the poor nations. Even countries like the United States will be hard hit. Between 2011 and 2012, the U.S. Government was forced to make more than $100 billion in climate-related emergency spending.
Facts to Refute the Skeptics:1) Overwhelming and growing evidence exists to show that world climate is changing, and the changes are beginning to accelerate.2) Skeptics have not come up with a plausible alternative explanation for the disruption of global climate that is being observed. They have not been able to come up with an alternative to the scientific explanation which is based upon the buildup of greenhouse gases that have been measured and tied beyond doubt to human activities. (The explanation of some skeptics that the Sun’s output might be increasing fails a number of elementary scientific tests.)
3) They have not been able to develop a logical argument against the modern scientific view that interactions of greenhouse gases with energy flow in the atmosphere lead to climate change.4) Natural factors do not explain climate change that has been observed.We will systematically look at all the ways that climate changes naturally, and will show that natural mechanisms of climate change are too slow to explain the climate changes that have occurred since 1850 AD, when the Industrial Revolution became widespread.5) We will also show that it is not too late to address climate change. By addressing it more forcefully now, we will avoid its most dire consequences, and the costs of doing so will be far less than the benefits to humanity of making the necessary changes. Addressing the climate change problem, by reducing fossil fuel use and stopping deforestation, will provide more jobs than are lost, and will also greatly reduce air pollutants which contribute to human health problems, a separate issue from that of climate change.
Religious Perspectives on Climate Change1) God promised Noah that he will not send another flood, so humans should not fear a global environmental catastrophe from climate change. (A skeptical perspective)2) Climate change is good, because a global environmental catastrophe will bring humanity closer to the end of times (the apocalypse).3) Humans, by destroying the Earth System through climate change, are committing an abomination against God. Many religious perspectives (especially in Judaism and Christianity) see humans as stewards of God’s creation, and to destroy it is a sin against God. In this perspective, climate scientists are seen as carrying on in the tradition of the Old Testament prophets, who were continually warning humans that their transgressions could lead to their collective doom.
Scientific Perspectives on Climate ChangeThe leaderships of the national academies of science of all these countries are on record as saying that:1) Climate change is real2) Climate change is caused by humans3) They call for immediate, concerted action to address climate change.