MISCONCEPTION: It's not happening. Global warming isn't happening. It is
only a scare tactic used by special interest groups seeking money, power
view: Climate change is a reality.
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (sanctioned
by the United Nations) noted that it is very likely (90%
certainty) that climate change is happening and that humans
are to blame for our planet's recent warming. Furthermore,
if emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, are
not curtailed, it is likely that humans will do irrevocable
damage to the Earth's climate.
MISCONCEPTION: It's not a problem. Even if global warming is real, it provides
no real threat to humanity. Who cares if it gets a few degrees warmer?
view: Global warming is a problem. With
ocean levels on the rise, high temperature records being broken,
and most of Earth's glaciers melting, it has never been more
apparent that our climate is changing drastically for the worse.
Despite the former Bush administration standpoint that little
needs to be done to combat climate change, almost every other
major country has a firm standpoint that citizens and governments
must work together to address the problem.
MISCONCEPTION: It's normal. The current warming is
part of a natural cycle. It's ridiculous to think humans could actually change the climate.
view: Rapid climate change is not normal.
There are many studies on the cyclical nature of the earth's climate.
Most of these studies show how the earth oscillates between cool and warm
periods over many thousands of years. Never before in the
Earth's past have we seen a time of such rapid warming. There is now
overwhelming evidence that links the rapid change in global temperature
directly to the rapid increase in human-generated atmospheric greenhouse
MISCONCEPTION: It's too confusing. There are so many studies about global
warming, who knows which one is correct?
view: Global warming can be confusing. Let GWEN help clarify the
issues. We agree that there are a lot of complicated issues
regarding global warming. But if one examines the credentials and
motivations of the various involved experts, one will find that the
vast majority of credible, independent scientists would be in basic
agreement with the views expressed here. Please contact us for
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MISCONCEPTION: It's way off in the future. Even if global warming is real, it
happens slowly. We'll have plenty of time to fix it in the future.
view: Global warming is occurring quicker than most people
think, and needs our attention now. Most scientists agree that we need to begin working hard
now to implement solutions to preserve our climate. There is no
quick fix, and we are in danger of passing a tipping point soon! (See the
photos to the right for an example of how climate change is impacting
glaciers around the world.)
MISCONCEPTION: It's inconvenient to change what we do. It's too hard to change
our current habits. We don't want to lower our standard of living.
view: Change is a part of life, and often necessary to
adapt to evolving life circumstances. With cooperation between
governments, companies, and citizens, most of the needed changes will be
easy, and advantageous to our living standards.
MISCONCEPTION: It's bad for the U.S. economy to react. If we try to stop global
warming we'll hurt the U.S. economy.
view: On the contrary, avenues to slow global warming will
bring economic incentives and opportunities to U.S. companies.
Our research shows that a positive reaction to the global warming
threat will create many new growth and profit opportunities for those who embrace change.
MISCONCEPTION: It's not up to me. It's not my responsibility.
Why should I try
to do anything to slow global warming?
view: Global warming is everyone's responsibility.
In the long run, climate change is going to impact every inhabitant of
the planet, and as such it is everyone's moral obligation to do what they can
to preserve our climate.
One of the best ways to help is to support climate-friendly politicians.
MISCONCEPTION: It's hard to see what I can do to help. Even if I do
adjust my thermostat,
or buy a fuel-efficient car, it
won't do anything in the grand scheme of things.
view: If everyone does their part, it really adds up!
Just imagine what would happen if no one took action on a cause. When people work
together for a greater good, the results make a huge difference. In
fact, because of human nature, your actions can cause a "multiplier
effect" by inducing others to follow your example.
MISCONCEPTION: It's pointless for us to do anything if China doesn't. If
other nations aren't going to curtail their emissions, why should the
view: China and many other nations are far ahead
of the United States in climate preservation. China is actually
doing more to slow global warming than you might imagine, as
is made evident, for example, by the fact that China has higher
automobile mileage standards than the United States. China also
has much lower carbon dioxide emissions than the United States
on a per capita basis -- roughly a quarter of the per capita
level in the United States. (Because of its large population,
China recently surpassed the United States in terms of total
MISCONCEPTION: It's just because he wanted to promote himself that Al
Gore made "An Inconvenient Truth."
Global warming is a self-serving cause taken up by Al Gore to keep his name in the
view: "An Inconvenient Truth" is an
Academy Award-winning documentary that has garnered attention because it
accurately portrays the facts and severity of current climate change.
Al Gore has a sincere, heartfelt belief in this cause. He decided
to leverage his status as a visible leader to voice his concerns.
Gore did not invent global warming, nor should his detractors transfer
their political leanings to the nonpartisan cause (see below).
MISCONCEPTION: It's a liberal cause. Climate change is
promoted by liberals for political gain.
view: Global warming is a scientific fact of life.
It knows no political parties, no left or right wings, and no country
borders. We all need to work together, as inhabitants of the same
planet, to try to preserve the environment that has nurtured us, our food
sources, and our way of life since the dawn of human history.
MISCONCEPTION: Using compact fluorescent (CF) light bulbs leads to an
increase in mercury in the environment.
view: Compact fluorescent bulbs are better for the
environment than incandescent bulbs.
Claims that CF bulbs are bad for the environment because of increased
mercury levels are false. While CF bulbs may contain some mercury,
their net impact is less than incandescent bulbs because they require much
less electricity. This means smaller mercury emissions from the
number one source of electricity and mercury in America, coal-fired power