NASA: “Impossible to deny climate change”; Nobody is denying it, we’re just not convinced it’s humans who are to blame
Nobody is denying it, we’re just not convinced it’s humans who are to blame.
It’s impossible to deny climate change following the record breaking temperatures last year, a scientist from the American space agency NASA says.
Compton Tucker told RNZ News there was every reason to believe that 2016 would break last year’s record.
“We’re starting to see the death of climate change denial, that is the evidence accumulated from multiple sources.
“The evidence is overwhelming and there are people who are wilfully ignorant about climate change and they invoke a wide variety of mechanisms which are pretty silly.”
New Zealand climate scientist James Renwick said countries needed to start getting on top of greenhouse gas emissions.
He said the global economy was built on fossil fuels and that couldn’t be changed overnight.
“There are very rapid changed changes in renewable technologies, electric vehicles and so on and that’s great, but to really change the direction of the global economy in terms of how energy’s produced is a big ask and it will take time. The thing is we really need to start.”
Dr Renwick said there had been talk about this problem for 25 years and nothing had happened – but he said wasn’t too late to turn things around.
He said New Zealand’s emissions profile was unusual, with almost half coming from the agricultural sector.
However, the biggest growth areas for emissions came from the transport and energy sectors. Read more »