By Tamim Younos
Climate change is a controversial and polarizing issue of our times. There are extreme opinions and agendas on both sides that are not helpful in coping with the issue in a rational manner. There is no serious effort to inform the public about the facts of climate change, possible causes and effects of climate change, and its strong link to our daily lives.
The science of climate change encompasses causes and effects of climate change. Climate change mathematical models are developed to make projections of what the future climate will look like under various human influences. While there is uncertainty in climate-change models, the factual basis of climate change is the rise in Earth’s average surface temperature, measured over long periods of time: years, decades or even centuries.
Younos is president and research director for environmental sustainability programs at the Cabell Brand Center for Global Poverty and Resource Sustainability Studies in Salem.