The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report yesterday that demonstrated increased confidence in Global Warming. (Read an article here.)
On the news last night, the "journalist" said that global warming has been PROVEN and is supportable by scientific research. Over the next 100 years, the average temperature is expected to rise by 4 degrees Celsius and the ocean level is expected to rise by 7 or more inches.
Is this "scientific" evidence a result of observation of the environment? Is it a demonstration of recorded data?
The entire report is based on 23 Computer modeling programs. This is the scientific world's equivalent of using the SIM World video game to make predictions about the world. I don't discount that the pollution has some effect, but to claim this sort of catastrophic disaster is unnecessary. The "truth" of global warming is uncertain.
There are some areas of the world that are getting warmer, but there are also some areas of the world that are getting colder. While some glaciers are receding, some glaciers are growing. This is certainly a complex issue with no easy answer.
As Christians we do have a responsibility to protect the environment in which God has placed us, but we also have a responsibility to call out those who want to cry wolf and create a sensationalist (fear inducing) approach to news reporting. We do need to take steps to decrease our fossil fuel usage and we need to reduce pollution, but we don't need to create a state of fear in order to increase ratings. But then again, fear sells.