Researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder wrote a paper for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences advising experts on climate change to “calm down”.
Academics have not been able to invalidate climate projections, but they do argue that scientists focus too much on the worst-case scenario. Although environmental issues are quite serious, academics maintain that a permanently negative outlook is counterproductive. For example, CU Boulder’s Matt Burgess has said, “We shouldn’t overestimate or underestimate our climate future,” adding, “Think in gradations, not absolutes”.
It was clear from reading the letter that the PNAS story was incorrect. Author Luke Kemp of Cambridge University argued in his book Climate Endgame that extinction-causing catastrophes should be investigated.
The University of Colorado in Boulder has a different opinion. The researchers think that many climate scenarios could accurately depict the future of humanity. It’s difficult to generalize about what to expect in terms of outcomes. As a group, they don’t agree with theories that dismiss climate change. By the year 2100, these models forecast a 2.7-degree rise.
Most experts predict a temperature increase of 3.6 to 5.4 degrees by the year 2100.
Mental health is affected by “climate catastrophism,” especially among young people who are counted on to preserve the planet.
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