Although climate change is supported by the scientific community, some misconceptions persist that may contribute to some people’s lack of awareness of this problematic issue.
Discover the reality behind the following myths backed by facts, figures and statistics that demystify these beliefs:
Myth: “Climate change is not happening.”
Fact: This is a common misunderstanding. Scientific evidence supports the existence of climate change, with significant consensus among scientists worldwide. Data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that the Earth’s average temperature has increased by about 1°C since the late 1800s.
Human activities, such as fossil fuel activities, have contributed to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and global warming.
Myth: “The climate has always changed; this is just another natural cycle.”
Fact: Although the Earth has experienced climate change throughout its history, the current rate of change is exceptionally rapid and correlates with human activities.
A study of 700 climate records has shown that the only time the climate has changed at the same time and in the same direction worldwide over the past 2,000 years has been in the last 150 years, when more than 98% of the planet’s surface has experienced a temperature increase.