Climate change from a different perspective

The Daily Signal recently shared information from The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It stated the earth has warmed 1.1 degrees Celsius since 1850. It noted increasing trends in heat waves, heavy precipitation, and some kinds of drought. Sea level has been rising at roughly 16 inches per century, but it also found downward or no trends for hurricanes, winter storms and extreme cold, floods, tornadoes, or thunderstorms.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s most extreme scenario for emissions and warming—the Representative Concentration Pathway 8.5, which has fueled the media’s apocalyptic “code red” reporting—was downgraded to “low likelihood.” That is good news. But what else happened in this past century of warming of 1.1 degrees Celsius?

Extreme poverty—the norm for most of human history—plummeted 80%, thanks to economic growth and access to energy. Global crop yields of grains increased over 200%. Deaths from climate-related disasters decreased 96%. As a percent of global gross domestic product, damages from natural disasters have actually declined since 1990. Air pollution in the U.S. (not to be confused with greenhouse gases) has declined 73% since 1980.

When one side tells the story of climate change, there is nothing but disaster and death on the horizon. When the other side gets a chance to tell the rest of the story, the passage from Genesis 8:22 makes sense: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

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