How do you guys feel about climate change? Is Global Warming going to spell the end of humanity? Is it just political BS?
Tell me your thoughts.
I only ask because I keep running into threads on forums I frequent or on Facebook, where people are talking about how the Earth is soon to become an inhospitable ball of ash/glacier, and while I've read a bit on the subject, I'd be lying if I said I could make heads or tails of it. In college I took a geology course and we discussed the natural heating/cooling cycles that the Earth had gone through in the past. The professor felt pretty strongly that global warming was a mostly natural phenomenon, and that the alarm amongst the general population was basically a bunch of rubbish. Whether he was right, well, I can't say. It certainly made sense to me at the time, based on my studies, but I haven't been able to do much research on the subject since. Every time I try and seek out the straight poop on this, it seems that all I run into are people with agendas-- either "for" or "against" the idea of human-induced climate change.
And, you know, there's the political aspect here, which seems to divide people on the subject before they're even presented with facts or studies.
Any good links so that I can research this further? Do you understand climate change or have strong (rational) opinions about it? I'd be interested to hear 'em.
And I understand this is kind of a controversial topic for some, so it'd be really, super cool if we could have, like, a discussion about it that doesn't involve yelling or ad-homs or anything like that. I'm just looking to learn something here, personally!
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