Undoubtedly global warming is here, and is caused by CO2. Scientists have various research to determine if we are to blame for our over use of fossil fuels and wasteful of energy consumption.
The recent Live Earth Movement included a series of large concerts around the globe with an effort to promote our participation in the fight on global warming. They promote The Kyoto Protocol (a global plan to slow down global warming) and with sponsors like Chevy and their fuel efficient vehicles and Phillips Electronics with their slogan "its so simple" they hope to save the earth.
Using compact light bulbs that last longer and use less energy, turning down the heating, turning of the tap when you brush your teeth, taking the bus or train are all simple things we can do to save energy and prevent the every increasing temperature on out planet.
But it really isn't so simple. Preventing catastrophic global warming calls for a complete restructuring of the global economy; Live Earth concerts with daily jet setting stars and buying energy efficient light bulbs isn't going to do it.
Bjorn Lomborg a pronounced author on the subject says :
"The Kyoto Protocol will cut CO2 emissions from industrialised countries by 50% in 2050. Yet, if everyone (including the US) lived up to the protocol's rules, and stuck to it throughout the century, the change would be almost immeasurable, postponing warming for just six years in 2100. And the economic models tell us that the cost would be substantial - at least $150 billion a year." Just six years.
The United Nations estimates that half that amount could permanently solve all of the world's major problems: hunger, conflict, diseases like HIV, lack of clean drinking water and lack of education are all things that i think need attention in preference to climate change.
It's a shame to have to prioritise important issues but we don't have enough resources to win all the wars on our planet. The Governments of our world need to prioritise these issues and decide in which area we can do the most good.
Global warming is one of the biggest debates of our generation, with so many angles. What caused the cool down freeze of the 1950s to switch so dramatically to global warming? Are they both exaggerations of fact or proper gander to get use to be less wasteful in our lives? Are we to blame? We are at the end of an ice age after all.