Climate Change Primer
Michael has added a preface to the new edition of “Climate Change Primer”.
We hope our primer will answer your questions “What is Climate Change? Global Warming?”, and many other questions you may have. Understanding the problem is the first step towards finding a solution.
We are working on solutions with our Biochar Project that can help alleviate the agricultural smoke that contributes significantly to global warming. We have tossed a pebble in the water, may the ripples reach far and wide.
“May you live in interesting times” has always had an ominous ring to it, today perhaps more so than any time in recent memory.
When this Primer was written, there seemed to be a growing consensus among the developed and developing countries of the world that climate change constituted a real and imminent danger and demanded immediate action.
Today, the United States has withdrawn from the Paris Accords, and the executive agencies of the United States government have closed down climate change research, and even banned the use of the term “climate change” in emails and on websites.
This situation poses problems for me as the author of this Primer and for the Primer itself.
On the one hand, as a social scientist trained in empirical scientific methodology, I personally find the arguments for both greenhouse gas driven global warming (that in turn drives climate change) and for human causality increasingly compelling.
I have yet to see contradictory data that has not yielded to further research and I have been impressed by the growing robustness of climate change models and their ability to account for new, highly diverse data.
On the other hand, as you will see as you peruse the Primer, I have used many graphics drawn from such US agencies as the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
I have also provided many links to their once extensive reference guides to, for example, the impact of atmospheric warming on crop yields, greenhouse gases, satellite imagery and the effects of ocean acidification.
Many of these images are now orphaned and many of these links are now dead as these sites have been closed down. No other country in the world possesses the scientific resources that these agencies possess and so many long-term observation projects have gone dark….
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