Cli­mate change: no de­bate in sci­en­tific com­mu­nity

Journal Pioneer - - EDITORIAL -

On Nov. 3, 2017, Bob Mc­Don­ald spoke on the CBC Na­tional about cli­mate change.

In the 1970s, the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) gath­ered 1,300 sci­en­tists; they came to the con­clu­sion that, “Yes, there is global warm­ing and hu­mans are re­spon­si­ble.”

The rate of change is the con­cern. We have our foot on the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal and Earth doesn’t have time to ad­just. We’ve caused ex­tinc­tion of an­i­mals and in­sects, also there’s habi­tat de­struc­tion. We’re caus­ing the great­est ex­tinc­tion since the di­nosaurs last ap­peared.

These changes are af­fect­ing the bot­tom of the food chain and if it goes, we’re go­ing with it. Global warm­ing ver­sus no global warm­ing: the per­cep­tion of both sides is in the pub­lic’s eye. There was a cam­paign funded by an oil com­pany to put doubt in the pub­lic’s mind. There’s no de­bate in the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity.

It takes a lot of change to change a cli­mate.

Now, the time is upon us to re­verse the sit­u­a­tion and learn to live in a clean way: clean up the en­vi­ron­ment, go for clean energy, walk rather than drive ev­ery­where, plant trees. Look for no-flush toi­lets, high-ef­fi­ciency fur­naces, bet­ter bat­ter­ies, etc.

This is but a por­tion of what Bob Mc­Don­ald re­ported on cli­mate change on Nov. 3. There are many other re­ports.

Edna Arse­nault, Welling­ton, P.E.I.

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