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Climate Change Denial: Debunked

Don’t get it twisted. Despite the rumors and politicized debate, human-caused climate change is a very real problem.

Published Sep 20, 2019

An activist wears a polar bear suit near the US Capitol during the Global Climate Strike march in Washington, DC on September 20, 2019. - Crowds of children skipped school to join a global strike against climate change, heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg and demanding adults act to stop environmental disaster. It was expected to be the biggest protest ever against the threat posed to the planet by climate change. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) ( An activist wears a polar bear suit near the US Capitol during the Global Climate Strike march in Washington, DC on September 20, 2019.  BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images )
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Some facts are hard to face. Nonetheless, what may seem like a small uptick in temperature has already sparked dramatic and documented changes around the globe. Higher sea levels, stronger storms, and more health risks are just a few predicted future effects.

How to respond? Many ideas exist but, unfortunately, the one that keeps trending is "denial."

Whether it takes the form of inaction or obstruction, climate-change denial remains a formidable adversary to those who would levy for more effective policy and behavioral changes — not to mention to those who have been affected directly.

Despite persistent and ominous predictions from scientists and advocates, equally persistent sources continue to circulate misinformation and cast doubt on what is a widely accepted truth among thousands of scientists: Climate change is real and it’s caused by humans.

Denial never was a river in Egypt, but it may one day be a real bad flood.

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Bond Huberman is a former editor for Snopes.

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