All politics is local. So is climate.
The micro-climate of my backyard is a specific growing terrior with its own proclivities and advantages. My garden warms and cools and drains and grows in a way that differs from every other patch of ground on the planet.
That said, trends hold true. I might get lucky with overwintering a rosemary one year out of 10, but overall my Zone 6B location means it’s a heartbreak waiting to happen.
As my local garden grows, so goes our collective global garden.
Whether my rosemary dies or thrives, the time to argue whether the earth is warming (Or cooling. Or melting. Or experiencing extreme weather events.) is over. The worldwide scientific community is in consensus on these facts.
Likewise, there is broad agreement and understanding that human activities are accelerating climate change.*
We can argue till the cows come home as to who set the fire, but in the meantime, let’s work together to put it out.
When I encounter people who want to deny the facts in front of them (see also: Confirmation Bias), my next line is inquiry is to follow the money (see #3).
While there may be short-term financial gains for climate change denials, in the end we’ll all lose.
*Bonus Climate Change Acronym: AWG (Anthropogenic Global Warming, meaning human-caused)
1. Via OmniClimate: The Climate Change Consensus – In Five Points
2. Via Wikipedia.org: A starting point for major points, players and positions
Global warming refers to the rising average temperature of Earth‘s atmosphere and oceans, which started to increase in the late 19th century and is projected to keep going up. Since the early 20th century, Earth’s average surface temperature has increased by about 0.8 °C (1.4 °F), with about two thirds of the increase occurring since 1980. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and scientists are more than 90% certain that most of it is caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels. These findings are recognized by the national science academies of all the major industrialized nations.[A]
3. Via Treehugger.org: Leaked Docs, Reveal How Top Think Tank Turns Oil Money Into Climate Denial