Friday, February 20, 2015

A lesson in reading graphs

This comic is about Climate Change. It serves as sort of a sequel to last week's comic because I try to not create too much new artwork for Vociferations. It is all recycled.

I like how it ended up though, because Climate Change and Anti Vaxers have a common thread to me. The thread being that both sets of groups are not well versed in the science of it.

I have friends who are Climate Change deniers. Living in the Midwest, I have many friends who are Climate Change deniers. When I debate the topic with them, they always tell me how naive it is of me to trust scientists. Anyone can pay a scientist to produce the result they want, they say.

That is true, however it does not address the points I make. I am not a scientist, but I have a rudimentary literacy and grasp of science that allows me to assess the structural integrity of a scientific study.  When you point to a recent cooling trend, you ignore the fact that overall the trend is still up if you look at decades.

Climate Change deniers cannot explain away how migration patterns of animals have changed. They can't explain how if you look up the ice caps on Google Earth they are almost non-existent in the summer. You can visibly see the changes in the ice caps with satellite technology. Climate Change deniers refuse to acknowledge that predictions of Climate Change predict much more than warming. They predict extreme weather and ever excessive snow and cold. A warmer climate does not mean the weather is hot all year around. Look at the weather patterns of deserts.

I will hear Climate Change deniers say that it is arrogant to think that man can change the climate. Would these same people deny that the world would be at risk if their were a nuclear war?

Would they admit that humans can destroy ecosystems on a small scale by pollution, deforestation, and bad farming practices? If so, what if every community on Earth engaged in those practices all at once? That's what we are doing with our fossil fuels and coal fired power plants.

There is no reason to deny Climate Change.

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