The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report on climate change is deeply worrying, asserts Patrick Vallance of The Guardian. Humanity has had a massive and undeniable effect on the Earth's changing climate. Our atmosphere, ocean and land all bear clear signs of this. Wildfires have ravaged Australia, Sweden and the US. Heatwaves, droughts and extreme weather events are becoming more commonplace. The ocean may very well rise by 2 meters this century, which would be devastating. Urgent action is needed to transform our societies and economies to protect the climate and prevent a grim future.
While climate change is a big issue, much of the media has exaggerated the latest IPCC report, argues Bjorn Lomborg of the New York Post. Past predictions about the severity of climate change were similarly dramatic only for results to be far less severe than presented. Additionally, many climate-related issues, like the massive floods in Germany for example, were painted as a part of the problem, even though a UN report concludes it is unlikely that human behavior affects high river flows. Dramatic reports about climate change need to be taken with a grain of salt. Humans can address climate change and will adapt without needless fearmongering.