Disinfo: We can’t say whether humans are the cause of global warming

Summary

The Paris Agreement calls to avoid a 1.5 degree rise in temperature. Will we be able to do that or not? This is beyond our control. We do not know the real reasons behind climate change. We know times in history when the world was going through cold, and other periods characterised by high temperatures. The cause might be in cosmic processes, such as the difference in the Earth’s rotational axis, or a difference in the Earth’s orbit around the sun. Therefore, it is not possible to determine definitively if humans are the cause of global warming.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that climate change might not have been caused by human activity. It is not true that science does not possess evidence of human impact on climate change. On the contrary, there is a strong consensus among publishing climate scientists that humans are responsible for climate change. The greater the climate expertise among surveyed scientists, the higher the consensus on human-caused global warming.

Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth's temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down rain-forests and farming livestock. This adds enormous amounts of greenhouse gases to those naturally occurring in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect and global warming. Preventing dangerous consequences of climate change is the key priority for the EU.

See here for more claims that "real science has no proof of a human impact on climate change" and that the "West invented the "climate hoax" to stop Russia's economic development".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Keywords: International, Paris Agreement, Climate

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Disproof

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