Yes, Scott Pruitt — climate change IS a bad thing

Woman hiking in the rainforest in Thailand, pictured above. (© Fred Froese)

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt — the man in charge of the environmental health of the United States — on Wednesday questioned whether climate change is “necessarily a bad thing,” Dino Grandoni, Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney reported for the Washington Post.

As the saying goes, there are no stupid questions. So, Human Nature is here to answer Pruitt’s question with three irrefutable facts about climate change.

Here’s what you should know about climate change.

  1. 2017 was among the warmest years on record

Multiple organizations concurred, noting that that 2017 was in the top three warmest years on record. The six warmest years have all occurred since 2010, an alarming trend.

Read more here.

  1. 11 percent of the world’s population are vulnerable

Some 800 million people are currently vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise.

Read more here.

  1. Nearly 1 million hectares of coast is lost each year

An area of coastal ecosystems larger than New York City is destroyed every year, removing an important buffer from extreme weather for coastal communities and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Read more here.

Morgan Lynch is a staff writer for Conservation International.

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  2. Mark Jones says

    As far as ‘warmest year’is concerned; do you realise that 1985 was the coolest year at a mere 0.36˚C below the 1981–2010 average, while 2016 was the warmest, at 0.511 Deg C above it. That’s a total spread of 0.871 Deg C. That is almost nothing.
    While 2017 was 0.41 Deg C above the average. These numbers mean virtually nothing.
    Added to that there is no conclusive evidence of AGW affecting hurricanes, sea level rise, heat waves, droughts, etc. The debate is certainly not over on that one.
    Considering that island homes such as the famous Tuvalu islands are actually rising when they were predicted to be lost; perhaps we should rethink that one as well?

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