Global Temperature And Its Effects On Climate Change Essay

2877 Words Nov 21st, 2014 12 Pages
Although it wasn’t until fairly recently that humans have been severely impacted by climate change, the issue was been present for over a hundred years. The first scientist to conclude that burning fossil fuels in the quantity at which we were doing so would eventually result in elevated mean annual global temperature was Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius in 1896 (Enzler, 2014). In the early 1900s, other scientists believed that the Earth was experiencing global cooling trends until Stephen Schneider and research in the 1980’s produced evidence that the annual mean global temperature was rising (Enzler, 2014). The estimated rate at which temperatures were rising was so steep that Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) began to advocate for environmental protection as a preventative measure against any further warming. Finally in 1988, acknowledgment of warmer climates was the impetus for formation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) by the United Nations Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization. Since then, there has been relentless controversy regarding the validity of temperature data collected worldwide, and the accuracy of explanations for both heating and cooling trends worldwide (Enzler, 2014).
In spite of numerical data, skeptics have taken various positions on why the planet is not warming. Stefan Molyneux presented a video, based on research done by anti-climate change activist Dr. David M.W. Evans, explaining an…

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