22 Nov '11, 7pm

How to discuss climate change with your uncle during the holidays

Earth's climate has changed lots of times without human help, but does that really mean humans are incapable of changing it? As Skeptical Science points out, that's "like arguing that humans can't start bushfires because in the past they've happened naturally." When the climate changed eons ago, it was because something made it change — extra sunshine warmed it up, volcanic clouds cooled it down. We know carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, and we're now releasing those gases at a record pace . And the main problem is that modern-day climate change is happening faster than in the past, potentially outpacing some species' ability to adapt.

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