In 2013, the IPCC's fifth assessment report stated that ninety-five percent of scientists are certain that “humans are the "dominant cause" of global warming since the 1950s.” Since the Kyoto Protocol, eighteen climate change conferences have taken place.
Last year, the most recent international Paris Climate Change Conference took place. The conference stated the agreement to limit greenhouse gasses will become a legal requirement if at least fifty-five nations agree to it. Each nation will either agree or deny it by April 21, 2017, and also apply it to their own legal systems.
Since 1824, a lot has changed, The amount of carbon emission has increased and there have been several attempts to prevent any worsening of the issue. Still to this day, nothing substantial has been done to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Because of Trump's disbelief in the factual evidence that clearly shows an increase the earth's temperature, it is not likely that anything within these next four years will improve.
Bryn Stephens ’18, expressed her concern for this issue. “It is absurd that Trump is denying that climate change exists. There is real scientific data and he is putting the entire world at stake by saying it is fake. I honestly think that if eh had done research he would believe climate change is real. Because of this I either think he is extremely uneducated or that he is just trying to receive attention from the media,” Stephens said.
Considering all of the facts are in place, many might question where Trump's disbelief in climate change climate change comes from. Looking at the statistics and the scientific evidence, there really is not much room for doubt.
While many people along with Trump convince themselves that climate change is a problem for the future, they don't understand that this issue could not be more current. Even if our planet heated 1 degrees celsius, the effects would be severely detrimental.
If the planet was by one-degree celsius, our world would change as we know it. Six thousand years ago, the earth was two degrees higher than it is today. Because of it, the midwest of the U.S. was dessert.
When the temperature rises up one degree today, mountains will lose their glaciers and rivers will vanish leaving millions without water. Not only this but 40% of arctic ice has disappeared in the past thirty years and it is only going to melt faster. Ice reflects light and without it, the water will be left to absorb it, melting the ice even faster which will lead to increasing the rate sea levels are rising at. It will soon become self-reinforcing.
Along with this, Permafrost that holds mountains together will continue to melt resulting in a greater risk for landslides. Another concern is that low-lying countries like the Maldives will be sunken underwater because of the rising sea levels.