New study asserts climate change is not debatable

New study asserts climate change is not debatable

The number of climate change doubters and skeptics seem to be a growing tribe. However, a new study may provide enough evidence to gently nudge the non-believers over to the other side. The study that includes 100 handpicked scientists from all over the world offers conclusive evidence that climate change is not a myth, but a reality of the world we currently inhabit.

This collective climate research has created a database of historical temperature records, some of which are over 2000 years old. 692 temperature records from 648 sites across the world, including oceans, comprise the database. Similar studies have been done in the past but the scale and scope of this study is possibly the largest. The study is meant to offer enough data to reveal details about the earth’s natural temperature before fossil fuels started being burnt.

Weather stations around the world have existed roughly since 1880. Therefore, we have data for only about 140 years. Humans also started burning coal and oil around this time so the record only reflects the period in which human activity and intervention may have modified climatic conditions. So studying the weather by going back a couple of thousand years, before we started burning fossil fuels, will offer more insights into the earth’s natural temperature.     

One of the most significant conclusions of the study has been that the planet's temperature was declining over the last 2000 years. However, this changed completely 150 years ago and temperature started rising rapidly. Most previous studies on climate change only focused on weather and climatic conditions. The new study, however, focuses more on minerals, corals, trees, and other such natural life forms and clearly points to what the temperature must have been about 2000 years ago. The findings of the study emphasize that climate change is not a myth and is, in fact, quantifiable.

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