Climate change conspiracies statements generally insist that the currently available scientific understanding of anthropogenic climate change is misleading and manipulated in a false way for economic or political reasons. Conspiracies don’t believe in climate science and try to peruse people that humans are not responsible for the current climate crisis and climate change. Denial is the simple tactic used by climate change denial to generate public and political controversies. Climate change is a global issue that will affect every human being. The issue of this scale has tremendous problems for living things of the earth without immediate solutions. Corrupt governments, organizations, or people were always behind to take benefits in the name of climate change that’s why livingreenlife.com is always here to help you against corrupt systems, organizations, politicians, business leaders, and government. The individual who denies climate science is taking the benefits by spreading lies about climate change to fulfill their agendas.
According to Statista, more than 5 billion people have access to the internet which is 63.1 percent of the global population. Among which 4.9 billion people use social media. People rely on the internet or social media to get news and information. People are desperate and obsessed to get attention from other internet users. people that they are creating content that generates clickbait headlines, trash-talking of youtube professors, conspiracy theories, fake news, manipulated information, and junk science data taken over the internet. In the age of the internet and social media, misinformation is a very big problem in society.
Let’s see how big corporations, institutes, stakeholders, or governments can suppress climate change information and spread hoaxes. “Exxon conducted cutting-edge climate research decades ago and then, without revealing all that it had learned, worked at the forefront of climate denial, manufacturing doubt about the scientific consensus that its own scientists had confirmed.”1 Early in the 1970s, Exxon (now ExxonMobil) engaged in climate research, researchers and scientists who were involved in a project as a part of Exxon knew greenhouse gas was the main reason for global warming and keep burning huge amount of fossil fuels will make global warming worse. Like the tobacco industry’s rebuttal against known health effects of consumption of tobacco, Exxon knew they had to lie about global warming to sustain their business and followed the same path creating conspiracies. which is why they kept the findings of their research and information behind closed doors. Many reports from news journals and researchers found that Exxon spends a lot of resources to create global warming controversies among the public. This includes lobbying with politicians, governments, and the UN, advertising, and funding for climate change skeptical research conducted with the purpose of delaying widespread acceptance and action on global warming. This means stakeholders like Exxon can intentionally forbid information of research findings about climate change research from the public to suppress climate change science.
List of climate change conspiracies
If you look for climate change conspiracies, you will find hundreds of claims made by climate deniers whatever fit their agenda. Here is the summary list of climate change conspiracies:
- Climate change is a hoax 97 percent of scientists are lying.
- Climate change is natural and has nothing to do with humans.
- Climate change lockdowns are coming.
- There is no consensus on climate change.
- Scientists cannot predict the weather; climate change is a complex process and scientists cannot predict it.
- Climate change is a natural process.
- Fake scientific data and climate scientists are sold for money.
- Green scam: renewable energy is just a money-making scheme.
- China is behind it.
- The earth’s climate has always changed.
- Climate change is good for plants, plants need carbon dioxide and CO2 to feed them.
- Polar bears numbers are increasing.
- Animals and plants will adapt to climate change.
- Antarctica and glaciers are gaining ice.
- Earth is cooling It’s because of an ice age.
- Humans contribute to only a small fraction of CO2; the rest of the CO2 is naturally produced.
- Earth was way hotter before. (Of course, yes, and there were no living organisms)
- Climate models are faulty and unreliable.
- IPCC and UN got it wrong on the Chinese agenda.
- Climate publications and reports peer review is a pal review.
- Go veganism: animal agriculture is the biggest reason for co2 emission.
- Planting trillion trees will solve climate change.
- Humans survived climate change before.
- It’s only a few degrees chill out.
- Climate change/shift is caused by the earth’s natural cycle.
- Controlling carbon and shifting to renewable energy can damage the economy.
- Tesla car has a bigger carbon footprint than gas vehicles.
- Breathing contributes to increasing of co2 emission
- It’s all politics guys, climate change is the right/left agenda. Stay away.
- The earth isn’t warming, it’s cooling and rapidly. (do you know about the winter season?)
- It’s anti-Russia propaganda by the US.
- The ice age is coming, earth is heading towards another ice age.
- UN and IPCC are alarmists, they spread rumors and fear.
- They even can’t predict weather how come they can predict climate change?
- Greenland was green. (My favorite)
The list of climate change conspiracies keeps going due to the fact that there are so many people in the world unwilling to take the right information. It is also not relevant to try to cover all conspiracies in one article regarding the complexity of the issue. Here I will be focusing on major conspiracies, and some (personal favorite) presented by climate deniers and what climate science says about it.
There is no consensus on Climate change. Climate change is a hoax 97 percent of scientists are lying.
Scientific research shows that the Consensus on human-induced climate change is real, and more than 99 percent of the scientists agree with the consensus. The most established climate consensus is earth’s atmosphere has warmed unnaturally since the 1800s. Greenhouse gas (GHG gases are carbon dioxide CO2, water vapor H2O, methane CH4, nitrous oxide N2O, and ozone O3) emission is the primary cause of the warming climate, and continued emissions of an unprecedented amount of GHG gas will increase the vulnerability of climate change effects. “Peer-reviewed scientific literature shows that greater than 99 percent consensus on human-caused climate change” according to the research published in Environmental Research. This consensus on climate change is more than 2 percent well above than 97 percent consensus by a previous study in 2013.
This research carried out by Mark Lynas and Co. Cornell University, follows up with a similar 2013 research paper that revealed 97% of studies published between 1991 and 2012 support or validate the idea that human activities such as burning extreme fossil fuels (carbon-based energy) alter Earth’s climate by greenhouse gas effects. according to a new survey of 88,125 climate-related peer-reviewed studies. Since the beginning of industrial times (in the 1760-1840:18th century), human activities related to burning fossil fuels and emission of CO2 in the atmosphere raised atmospheric CO2 value by 150% compared to the amount in 1750. This is greater than what naturally happened at the end of the last ice age 20,000 years ago, says NASA. To verify, the evidence of data, 2013 research about climate change consensus and researchers by Cornell university conclude that “We are virtually certain that the consensus is well over 99% now and that it’s pretty much case closed for any meaningful public conversation about the reality of human-caused climate change,”
Despite such results, public opinion polls as well as opinions of politicians and public representatives point to false beliefs and claims that a significant debate still exists among scientists over the true cause of climate change. In 2016, the Pew Research Center found that only 27% of U.S. adults believe that “almost all” scientists agreed that climate change is due to human activity, according to the paper.
Climate changed before: it’s natural and humans are not responsible for climate change.
As we all know earth is the system. Everything that is related to the earth falls into the system. The earth’s climate system is a complex global system that consists of five major systems: the atmosphere, the oceans, snow and ice, available land surface, and life on earth. The interactions between five major systems will result in climate change. The short-term effect is called weather, next time when you check your phone for possible weather forecast and you find rain in the middle of a sunny day, is not due to climate change which is called day-to-day weather, but in the long-term, if the event occurred frequently like at least 30 years of repetition. We refer to this as climate change because of the consistency.
The climate system is driven by energy that is received from the sun. Some of this energy is reflected in space, while the rest is absorbed by the land and ocean and re-emitted as radiant heat; this is known as the heat balance of the Earth. According to NOOA “Everything that has temperature emits infrared radiation. the absorption of infrared radiation by greenhouse gases contributes to an increase in temperature of the surface of the earth and the atmosphere”
Most of the infrared radiation escapes into space, but some are absorbed by GHGs in the atmosphere. Just like boiling water release water vapor as infrared radiation and cools, as a result, things that absorb infrared radiation such as air, land mass, and glacier increase in temperature. So, that means more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere results increase in global warming.
As of Newton’s law, we safely say that earth’s climate system is disturbed by human beings dominating force. The carbon cycle of the Earth is a system and humans are adding constantly external forces to the system by the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, industrialization, agriculture, etc. which emit greenhouse gases. The emission of greenhouse gases alters the balance of heat on the Earth, as it enhances the greenhouse effect which traps infrared radiation.
Measurements of air in ice cores by carbon dating technique show that for the past 800,000 years up until the 20th century, the atmospheric CO2 concentration stayed within the range of 170 to 300 parts per million (ppm), making the recent rapid rise to more than 400 ppm over 200 years particularly remarkable. According to NASA, Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an important heat-trapping gas, or greenhouse gas, that comes from the extraction and burning of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, and natural gas), wildfires, and from natural processes like volcanic eruptions.
Climate Models are not reliable, peer-review is pal review.
Climate models are based on well-documented physical processes to simulate the transfer of energy and materials through the climate system. Climate models are the mathematical equations based on laws of physics, chemistry, and biology which requires a powerful supercomputer to analyze how energy and matter interact in different parts of the atmosphere, ocean, and land. “Climate models are based on global patterns in the ocean and atmosphere, and records of the types of weather that occurred under similar patterns in the past”. NOOA
Let’s break it down how climate models work. Climate models are basically an extension of weather forecasting. Weather models make predictions over small timeframes such as minutes, hours, and day-to-day in specific areas. However, climate models analyze global weather data of at least 30 years or long timespans using powerful supercomputers to compare historic climate events and simulate data to predict the earth’s climate. Climate models are complex because of all the complex elements such as temperature fluctuations, wind patterns, ocean currents, land surface characteristics, etc. within Earth’s systems. Because of this, denials always consider a high level of uncertainty, but the reality is climate models of the 21st century are pretty accurate because they are based on well-founded physical principles of earth system processes. This basis solidifies the confidence of the scientific community that human emissions are changing the climate, which will impact the entire planet.
For many decades, scientists have been collecting data on climate using cores from ice, trees, and coral, as well as carbon dating. As more data points are collected, they increase the accuracy of existing climate models by providing details about ocean temperature changes, ice age, extreme drought, and past human activity which enhances climate forecasting.
IPCC and UN got wrong.
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. IPCC published assessments and special reports on climate change. three Working Groups, each looking at a different aspect of the science related to climate change: The three groups involve in assessment reports are Working Group I (The Physical Science Basis), Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability), and Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change). The people behind the group include scientists, researchers, stakeholders, and volunteers around the world.
According to the sixth assessment report from IPCC “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and biosphere have occurred. The scale of recent changes across the climate system as a whole – and the present state of many aspects of the climate system – is unprecedented over many centuries to many thousands of years.”
As we already discussed, more than 99 percent of scientists consensus on human-induced climate change. When you don’t have anything useful to say the best way to counter-argument is to provide opinions. And let’s remind you that scientists always focus on the evidence, not on opinions. Scientific evidence continues to show that human activities (burning fossil fuels) have warmed Earth’s air, land, ocean, and glacier which will have vital effects on earth’s climate system.
There are rumors in the market that controlling carbon is bureaucrats’ dream if they control carbon, they control your life. The PTSD of covid lockdown still hunting us. Denial taking this opportunity to fulfill its agenda by spreading climate conspiracies such as the sun is responsible for it, climate lockdown is coming, and renewable energy is money making scam. So, in a simple word carbon is money. The concept of climate change is that powerful and rich people take advantage, which might seem true. We think climate change is out of control because we don’t have to do anything the climate is what you expect; the weather is what you get. Climate change shouldn’t be a right or left political topic. It’s a social issue. This is not about who will get benefits to begin with because, in the end, we all suffer. Society has shown that they are educating about climate change. It’s critical to acknowledge the principal role of greenhouse gas emissions so that we can rapidly mobilize new solutions since we are already witnessing in real time the devastating impacts of climate-related disasters on businesses, people, and the economy.
Myers, et al, “Consensus revisited: quantifying scientific agreement on climate change and climate expertise among Earth scientists 10 years later,” Environmental Research LettersVol.16 No. 10, 104030 (20 October 2021); DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/ac2774
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