aNewDomain commentary — Used to be, only hyper-religious nuts, fuel company-backed politicians and the seriously uneducated doubted the serious threat man-made climate change poses the Earth and everyone on it.
No more. Now that Donald Trump, who famously called climate change a “hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese to harm American business interests, is headed for the highest office of the land, climate change deniers are beginning to spread beyond the lunatic fringe. If you encounter one, you want to make sure you have all the facts you need at hand.
Thankfully, more than 97 percent of the world’s scientists say climate change is real, and they’ve created the videos, infographics, graphics and white papers you’ll need to convince others of the fact. Normally, I would skip all the multimedia and just point you to NASA’s excellent Climate Change: How Do We Know article, but I’m guessing the climate change denier set isn’t too heavy on folks who will actually read the stuff you give them. Sigh.
Here are some of the best videos, infographics and charts that explain the science. Good luck.
First up, here is NASA’s A Breathing Planet Off Balance video. Created by NASA’s Earth science program officials, it breezily explains how carbon absorption and emission processes work in nature — and how they could change in a world suffocated by higher and higher levels of man-made carbon emissions.
A quick and easy climate change infographic comes via Weather Underground …
Don’t really understand how carbon levels prove anything? Have your climate change denier watch the below, from the scientists at NASA Goddard. It’s A Year in the Life of Earth’s Carbon Dioxide.
Here’s an infographic from the folks over at LiveScience.com, who summed up a United Nations global warming report.
This video is a great one to share. What’s the worst that could happen, your climate change denier asks? Show him this:
This one is cute, but effective. If you get the argument that your claims are too heady, try this video on for size.
Here is a National Geographic video that is truly excellent — and a classic, too. It’s Global Warming 101 …
This infographic, called A Day in the Life of Global Warming, brings climate change predictions close to home …
The World Bank came up with this infographic, which is based on a report it commissioned for how Africa and Asia, in particular, will suffer as a result of global warming.
Check out Our Future. It’s a beautiful documentary, narrated by Morgan Freeman.