Is Global Warming Real

The debate surrounding global warming, or more specifically, the human contribution to it, has become increasingly charged over the last few decades. While some argue that global warming is an indisputable fact backed by scientific evidence, others cite discrepancies or lack of supporting data to counter the claim. This article will be examining the facts and examining both sides of the argument to answer the question: is global warming real?

The most compelling evidence in support of global warming being a real phenomenon is the undeniable fact that global temperatures have been steadily increasing over the past century. A 2017 report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that global temperatures had increased by an average of 1.0C between 1850 and 2019, with the rate of warming accelerating since the mid-20th century. Similarly, climatological data from various sources around the world such as NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the Met Office in the UK all report the same temperatures increase. This data is further backed up by the increasing number of record-breaking hot days being reported in many areas around the globe.

What’s more, various leading scientific organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Meteorological Society, among others, agree that global warming is an established phenomenon linked to human activities. These organizations cite scientific research and evidence showing that human activities such as burning fossil fuels, agricultural practices, changes in land use and the burning of forests are significantly increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmospheres, trapping more heat and contributing to the global warming.

On the other side of the debate, some skeptics suggest that data or evidence collected on climate change is fundamentally flawed or inaccurate. For example, a 2014 paper by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientist John Bates claimed that scientists had overestimated the rate at which the planet had been warming. Other skeptics also cite discrepancies in data or reports of falsified research to argue against global warming. While it is true that the data around climate change can be put into question, with the evidence across scientific organizations indicating a general consensus that global warming is real and linked to human activities, such detracting arguments should be taken with a grain of salt.

Ultimately, several years of scientific investigation and experimentation indicate that global warming is real and human activities are making a significant contribution. Whether or not this poses a direct threat is open to debate, but given the prevalence and increasing intensity of extreme weather events and natural disasters in recent years, it pays to be aware and to try to reduce our individual carbon footprint by making more sustainable lifestyle choices.

In short, while scepticism is important, there is an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence and agreement between the world’s leading scientific organizations that global warming is real and that human activities are playing a part in it. It is therefore our individual and collective responsibility to take action to mitigate any further damage. If we all do our part, together we can aim to slow down the inexorable march of climate change and make a real difference in the world.

Ernestine Warren is a passionate environmentalist, author, and advocate for the protection of the Earth's precious resources. She has written extensively on the causes and effects of global warming, providing accurate information to help educate people on how to combat this major global problem. With a background in science and biology, Ernestine has the tools to help develop solutions that meet everyone's needs while minimizing environmental damage. Her hope is that each person can do their part for the planet and make a real difference to help reduce climate change.

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