27 July 2019
The leading climate myth going around these days (I see it a lot on social media) is that the record global warmth is just part of a natural cycle. It’s been shown in many ways that this is not possible for quite some time, but some people (not the science community) have held onto the “Little Ice Age” as evidence that the warming planet is from only natural oscillations.
New research this week has put a sword through the heart of that myth.
From the Abstract in NATURE:
Another paper, in NATURE GEOSCIENCE, is a second confirmation to research published by Dr. Michael Mann in 2009 showing that the so-called “Little Ice Age” was not a global phenomenon. If you want to claim that the warming we have seen is part of a natural cycle, you have a lot of science that says you are wrong and none that supports it. Don’t even think of claiming that the Earth is still coming out of the ice age. That one is laughably wrong as well.
Instead, perhaps you should consider that you are wanting this to be true because the science conflicts with your political or religious worldview. If you’ve never had a course in climate science and are claiming every major scientific body on Earth is wrong, then it’s something you should ponder.
Cognitive dissonance causes people to accept flimsy evidence while disregarding a mountain of high-quality documentation. Understanding this is actually one of the keys to science literacy. If you have friends who are suffering in this regard, then I suggest a quote by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman:
“Science is what we do to keep from lying to ourselves”.