Climate change & greenhouse gases

God has promised that seasons will continue until Judgment Day, the day Jesus returns. Genesis 8:22 says, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”  On the other hand, some scientists believe that greenhouse gases are causing the Earth to increase in temperature which will lead to catastrophes.

Greenhouse gas theory states that man-made gases are changing the Earth’s temperature. Carbon dioxide from emissions due to human activity are blamed for raising the planet’s thermometer because the CO2 is helping trap heat in the atmosphere. Like a greenhouse keeps plants warm due to trapped heat from the sun, the CO2 is creating a blanket that will raise the Earth’s temperature. Therefore, greenhouse gas theory predicts an increase in the frequency of record-breaking temperatures. However, that is not what we observe. The opposite is happening—there is a decrease in record-breaking temperatures. How could this be?

On explanation is natural variability. Climatologist John Christy (University of Alabama-Huntsville) explains:

“I’ve actually done this same analysis for the 682 [U.S. Historical Climatology Network] stations with at least 105 years of record since 1895. It is clear that the occurrence of both record high and record lows has declined since 1895, thanks to many records set from the 1920s to 1954.  The AP … is spinning the story by only noting that record lows are fewer than highs now—but the real story is that in the U.S., both extremes are falling. This is consistent with the decline in number of days greater than 100 [degrees] Fahrenheit (or 105 Fahrenheit or 95 Fahrenheit, etc.). The differential decline in record temps is inconsistent with [greenhouse gas] theory, which predicts an increase in record highs.”

Another explanation is that there are other factors than man-made causes to temperature change. Climatologist Roger Pielke Sr. (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Colorado University) says,

“Without assessing the role of increased urbanization and other land-use changes … changes in atmospheric aerosols overhead, microclimate around observing site, changes in heights of observations, and concurrent trends in surface air humidity, it is not robust to attribute any changes in extreme temperatures to just human-added atmospheric CO2… We have published on each of these subjects but work remains mostly ignored.”

Here are just 2 climatologists who share information that is rarely seen. When catastrophe is predicted due to man-made carbon dioxide emissions, the other side needs to be heard. As Proverbs 18:17 says, “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.” We need to hear both sides of the story before believing in the inevitably of increased temperatures due to human activity.

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