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Guess what? Climate change is real.

Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems.

Page 1 of the IPCC’s 2014 “Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Summary for Policymakers”

Under the Reagan Administration in the 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State Department wanted to create a new, international norm. Both the EPA and State desired to limit the amount of greenhouse gases a country could produce.

Although the relationship between President Reagan and the EPA is a tortured history, they ultimately came to an understanding and lobbied for a new international governmental organization to be established in the United Nations.

In 1988, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that allowed for the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This body was born out of the ‘Advisory Group on Greenhouse Gases’ and is, currently, advised by both the International Council of Scientific Unions, the United Nations Environmental Programme, and the World Meteorological Organization.

Ever since 1988, the IPCC has kept seasonal, monthly, and annual tabs on how the world is changing. If you go to NASA’s website, they reference a report from the “Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Summary for Policymakers”. In this report is the quote below.

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea level has risen

Page 1 of the IPCC’s 2014 “Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Summary for Policymakers”

Regardless of political affiliation, the severity is undeniable. This isn’t just some online blogger preaching to a choir of eco-lovers, but rather hard data confirmation from NASA scientists. NASA freakin’ scientists. The damage can range from melting ice caps to higher sea levels and the displacement of millions of people.

We have a problem and we only have one world. So let’s fix it!