Climate contrarians make me more angry than I cannot possibly describe in words befitting an academic blog. So, to keep myself from exploding in frustration, I think it best to move on to the meat of the argument at hand: is climate science too young a scientific field to be reliable? The short answer to this question is no, and to assume any other answer is irresponsible and, frankly, absolutely absurd. However, don’t just take my word for it; both Michael Reidy and John Swartz present fascinating articles about the history of climate science, and the pioneering figures within the field.
Reidy presents the story and life of John Tyndall, a widely outspoken defender of evolution and scientific principles that challenged the theistic norms of Victorian England, as well as the world at large. His climate focus was on the concept of radiant heat, and how the gases in the atmosphere absorb that heat. According to Reidy, his observations were well ahead of their time, with Tyrell concluding that carbon dioxide and water vapor were the main heat absorbers within the atmosphere, a concept that still has yet to be disproven in the modern age. As we now know, carbon dioxide is the leading factor of atmospheric heating, causing the polar ice caps to melt at a rapid rate, and causing Earth’s oceans to warm up, which will inevitably cause uncountable numbers of species to go extinct, not to mention the catastrophic damage that will be done to coastal cities on every continent. Tyndall was about a century ahead of his time, yet many people in the modern age dismiss climate change as a hoax, despite the clear signs and symptoms of the massive amount of carbon dioxide that is released into Earth’s atmosphere every single year.
To dismiss claims of climate change as a hoax is absolutely irresponsible in the modern age, considering the large amount of data collected on the subject in the last fifty years. If humans as a species are to survive, it is imperative that we start listening to and understanding the warnings that scientists give us, and act accordingly