Global Warming or Climate Change

Romans 1:25

“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

Do you remember the days when they told us that the biggest danger about to face us was global warming? Global temperatures were constantly on the rise, and carbon dioxide was to blame – specifically carbon dioxide produced by human industrial emissions. Carbon dioxide has the property of restricting infrared radiation from leaving the Earth’s atmosphere. That this is a property of carbon dioxide is not in dispute. What is disputed is how significant the contribution of carbon dioxide is to the total overall greenhouse effect, compared to other greenhouse gases, such as water vapor or methane. Also disputed is how much of the Earth’s carbon dioxide was actually produced by human interaction with the environment.

More pertinent still is the fact that the Earth has actually stayed pretty much a constant temperature, or even decreased a little bit since 2001. It is this apparent stall in the upward march of temperatures that has caused environmentalists to change their term of choice from “global warming” to “climate change”. The adoption of this newer term has been necessary, to stave off criticism of the more alarming nature of the former term. Global warming, as a phenomenon, has failed. Ice sheets, which were supposed to decrease, have, in fact, increased.