Klimaatverandering: is het wel zo erg?

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“Around the world we are seeing heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods and other extreme meteorological events, rising sea levels, the spread of disease and other problems that only portend much worse to come.” This quote from Pope Francis from 2019 pretty much sums up the current standard story about climate change. But is that story true?

In this report, CLINTEL refutes the doomsday stories about climate change with hard facts. The doomsday stories about the climate appear to be untenable.

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In this scientific study Climate change: is it really that bad?, written by Indur M. Goklany (originally published in English by the sister organization Global Warming Policy Foundation), all kinds of scientific indicators are tested against the standard story. It is a broad and systematic discussion of empirical trends and statistical material on issues such as weather extremes, forest fires, drinking water, infectious diseases and indicators of well-being and prosperity.

Author Indur M. Goklany is an independent scientist and author. He was a member of the US delegation that established the IPCC and helped develop the First Assessment Report. He published the book in 2007 The Improving State of the World: Why We’re Living Longer, Healthier, More Comfortable Lives on a Cleaner Planet.

Not a dystopia
Goklany's results challenge the prevailing dystopian narratives point by point. Some examples: since 1920, the number of fatalities due to extreme weather has decreased by 99%; cyclones, tornadoes, floods and droughts have not gotten worse; economic losses due to extreme weather events have decreased; forest fires are less extensive than before; grain yields and food supplies have increased and coastal margins and beaches have not shrunk.

Earth is becoming greener
Goklany concludes that while CO2 emissions have increased since the start of the Industrial Revolution, virtually every measurable and important objective indicator of human well-being has advanced: life expectancy and income levels have improved; poverty has decreased; people are living longer, healthier lives and the human development index has advanced almost everywhere.

In addition, the earth has become demonstrably greener and more productive due to the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere.

You can download the full report here to download.