“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.”
The warmest consecutive two-year period on Earth we’ve ever recorded just happened in 2015 and 2014. Facts like this make it tougher and tougher for groups of deniers to continue to argue against a warming planet. (They have to move onto the next level of denial: that it’s happening but it’s part of a natural cycle and not our fault.)
Meteorologists are a group who have often been cautious about accepting the concept of human activities playing a part in a warming planet and climate change. However, new survey results show nearly unanimous agreement among them that climate change is real with the vast majority supporting the concept that human activities are the main culprit.
The survey was obtained in January at George Mason University and was just released this week. Here are some of the highlights:
- more than 95 percent of meteorologists think climate change is real
- more than 80 percent say that human activities are at least half of the cause
- two-thirds describe human activities to be “mostly” responsible
- 17 percent said they’d changed their minds about climate change in the last five years; of those 87 percent said they are more convinced than ever that human-caused changes are happening.
When asked why they any of them had changed their minds, they were convinced by ongoing peer-reviewed studies, an ever-growing scientific consensus, and the evidence they’ve witnessed themselves of climate change happening where they live.
According to Ed Maibach, lead author of the survey findings and director of George Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication:
[I]t does appear that more meteorologists are now more convinced that human-caused climate change is happening. That is exactly what one would expect, of course, given the trajectory of our changing climate and the ever increasing [certainty] of the science.
It’s gradually becoming more difficult to be a denier, but some will hold out forever, regardless of the evidence presented before them. Heck, even rapper B.o.B. argues the world is flat today we’ll never convince everyone of the truth. But the mark of a mature and open mind is to change an opinion when presented with evidence to the contrary. We’re getting there, slowly but surely.