Climate Change science (Timeline)

Ivona Poljak

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Development of climate change science has a long history. From first industrial revolution, humans have had a negative impact on the Earth’s atmosphere. Scientists have been exploring this phenomenon, and warning about consequences for over two centuries. It is now up to carbon-dependent economies to do whatever it takes to reverse it.

Climate change and the sustainability crisis are the issues of our times. Two hundred years of ever-intensifying human impacts have left the biosphere in a dangerous state. The oceans are warming, glaciers disappearing, and the natural world is in sharp decline.

How did the climate change science develop? When did humans start to have a major impact on the atmosphere, and how are we still not informed about it?

This timeline provides some of the answers to a man-made climate change and how it came to be. It shows all the warnings from climate scientists and the skepticism they had to endure from political leaders and big fossil fuel companies.

Science has done its fair share of warning. It is up to media to put the problem forward and educate ordinary citizens on this issue.

Mainstream media’s duty is to actively and correctly inform the general public, who gather most of their knowledge about politics and science from the mainstream media.

Today, news have to be fast, short and entertaining. This often causes spreading of false or unchecked information, spending less time researching stories and transforming scientific jargon and facts into something accessible to the general public.

I don't believe in global warming
I don’t believe in global warming/Credit: Marco Amoedo (Flickr)

For data source and in-depth analysis of the events on the timeline click here.

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Ivona Poljak