Global warming : fact or Chinese myth?

Global warming is an issue which has come to the fore of media attention quite regularly in the last few years. There has been a growing awareness amongst people about the problems which global warming causes as well as how we contribute to it ourselves. For many people, the debate over whether or not it is a reality has ended. “The scientific debate about climate change has ended, largely because it’s been an obvious, observable reality for decades now that humans are causing warming global temperatures, and the host of problems that come with them.” (Harrington)

What is Global warming?

Global warming is the gradual increase in temperature of the Earth’s surfaces, oceans and atmosphere.

One of the many consequences of this is the melting of the polar ice caps, as well as more extreme highs and lows in temperature. According to (Bradford) “The global temperature has risen 14 F (7.8 C) since 1880”, and “Due to melting ice, the sea level has risen by 0.12 inches (3.17 millimetres) per year”.

Fortunately, anyone contribute to reducing the effects of global warming. Simple things such as saving energy by turning off lights at home, unplugging chargers, and taking a shower instead of a bath or car-pooling can have a positive effect on the state of our planet.  In order to reduce the effects of global warming it is important that as many people as possible understand the impact they have on the Earth and what they can do to change it. It is a problem that was created by the global community, therefore, it is the responsibility of this community to undo the damage caused. Unfortunately, in recent times, there has been a worrying trend of people beginning to disband the idea of global warming. Among many are the likes of Donal Trump, who has discredited theories associated with the existence of it, and claimed it was a hoax created by the Chinese as a way to undermine the competitivity of U.S manufacturing.

“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012

Donal Trump, president-elect of the United States, discredits global warming as a genuine global problem and plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement which aims to tackle global warming and climate change.

It is a worrying prospect that the future president of one of the world’s most powerful industrial superpowers has no plans to tackle climate change. In fact, not only is he dubious about the validity of global warming, but he has claimed that he plans to withdraw the U.S out of the Paris Agreement, which is an agreement amongst 200 countries to keep “… global Warming below 2°C, seen as the threshold for safety by scientists, and pursuing a tougher target of 1.5°C.” (The Guardian)

Unfortunately, according to a survey conducted by Pew Research Centre, people in countries with high per-capita levels of carbon emissions are less intensely concerned about climate change. What this mean is that the countries whose citizens contribute the most to global warming are the ones who show the least concern. These are the very ones that should be making efforts to contribute to the reducing the damage we have.

It seems that despite the increasing awareness for global warming in recent years, there is still an acute need to educate people as to the seriousness of the issue. The fact that public figures such as Donal Trump discredit the validity of the problem shows more efforts need to be made to raise concern for our planet. Efforts being made by many countries such as those involved in the Paris Agreement are a leading us in the right direction towards tackling this problem and the involvement of international policy-makers in stressing its importance will have a substantial effect on the progress we make in the future.

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Luke McFeeney – Reporter ImpAct