Is Global Warming an Existential Threat? Probably Not, But Still a Serious Issue.

Iowa Climate Science Education

Reposted from Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog

During the recent presidential debate, a number of candidates suggested that global warming represents an existential threat to mankind, and thus requires dramatic and immediate action.
Governor Jay Inslee has been particularly generous in the use of this term, but he is not alone. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have said the same thing, as have several media outlets and environmental interest groups.

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Some of these folks also claim that the window for action on climate change is closing?Jay Inslee suggests that the next president will be the last able to take effective steps. Others suggest 10 or 12 years.
But are these existential threat claims true? That is what we will examine in this blog.

An existential threat is one that threatens the very existence of mankind. Something that is a simply a challenge or an inconvenience…

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