Climate Change: Who's to Blame?

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Climate change is defined as the alteration in patterns in temperature and weather. A new wave of climate change, bringing warmer temperatures and more extreme storms, began to catch the attention of scientists sometime in the late 20th century. It is blamed perhaps on the increased burning of fossil fuels, contributing to the greenhouse gases that harm the environment (“Climate Change,” CQ). On the contrary, it is something that simply occurs naturally. It occurs over long periods of time and has several years of increased change. For example, one extremely cold winter that occurs only once does not indicate climate change (“Climate Change,” Berkshire). However, having hotter summers than ever before for long periods of time, as we are…show more content…
One piece of research provides that the movement of continental plates affects the climate. These movements change the contours and shape of the ocean floor, which alters currents which can indeed have an impact on weather patterns. The Earth has had many alterations of climate in its lifespan, all of which have been due to natural cycles. There have always been fluctuations in temperature, bringing heat waves and ice ages. Why is our current pattern considered different? It could be that the Earth is changing again, as it does every so often. Although the increase in temperatures can be blamed on what we have done to our atmosphere, the colder winters can only put natural processes at fault. If humans are not behind global warming, they are not obligated to fix the problem, nor do they feel that they are. In fact, they do not see climate change as a problem that needs to be fixed at all, simply because it is part of the nature of our planet. Just as it has always been capable of, life will adapt to the changes and continue surviving, most likely with little realization that it is even happening. Model projections, which are used to validate man made climate change, do not actually mean anything. They disregard the processes and cycles that may occur rarely in the atmosphere that have an effect on temperatures. Therefore, these models are not realistic to predicting
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