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article imageBells Toll Against Naysayers on Climate Change

Across Denmark today it's reported the bells are ringing out to alert people about climate change and to stop the naysayers from sabotaging efforts to protect the environment. Denmark is tolling the bells and asks the world to join them.
According to Sci-Tech News, the bells are tolling 350 times. This is the level of carbon dioxide considered safe by scientists. The National Council of Churches of Denmark is urging Christian churches across the world to support them in alerting citizens to the terrible risks brought about by climate change. This comes at a time when Americans are in growing numbers becoming cynical about science showing the negative effect certain human conditions have had on the environment that are destructive, especially to the poor countries around the globe.
While Denmark tolls the bells, almost half the people of the United States don't believe in climate change according to poll results published on December 8 just days ago The Harris Poll noted that just 51 percent of Americans believe climate change is real. This is a significant decrease from the 2007 poll results showing 71 percent concerned about the climate. In fact, Harris pollsters declare this is the lowest number it has recorded since the question was asked 12 years ago. But does this make a difference?
Harris Interactive states, “The sharp drop in those who believe that greenhouse emissions will cause global warming will make it harder for leaders to introduce new policies to promote alternative energy sources and reduce our carbon footprint.”
So why aren't Americans on board with much of the rest of the world on the issue of climate change? Is it really just connected to the recently leaked email exchanges among scientists?
In fact throughout the year pollsters and opinion-seekers of various stripes have noted Americans skeptical about climate change. The reason for this Truthout suggests is because the effects of climate change are seen as happening elsewhere and seem to be something that is of concern in the distant future as opposed to present day concerns.
An opinion article written recently for The Independent observes that climate change is something folks discount at their own peril. The writer declares most scientists remain on board, outlining the terrible risks to the planet if the people of the world don't unite behind efforts to end human activities that continue to threaten the environment. Following a brief review of scientific attitude on the matter of climate change and human experience, the writer declares, "The instinct of many will be to dismiss such forecasts as scaremongering. That would be a serious mistake. These forecasts are based on authoritative research. They are not the predications of religious fanatics or superstitious hysterics, but men and women of impeccable scientific credentials. And unless we get our carbon emissions under control over the next decade there is a real chance that we will be heading for the sort of world they describe."
Iain Macwhirter makes a definitive political statement on a blog, with the introduction the opinion is something everyone should read. He titles it, "Climate Change is a Lie and a Fraud",
then continues, "Well, that's what a lot of people think following the revelations at the University of East Anglia, where climate scientists appeared to be manipulating data on global warming.
But if this is really what you think, you are pitting yourself against the overwhelming consensus among scientists world-wide.
There is not a single credible scientific organisation - as opp
osed to individual scientists - in the world that still disputes the case for climate change."
He then gives the links to the various scientific organizations around the world that support concerns about the current risks to the environment from carbon emissions and other negatives.
Still the naysayers make their case, including certain politicians like Sarah Palin who recently gave her opinion on the topic of climate change. This comes in the midst of world debate on the problems, and as the bells toll in Denmark,Sarah Palin says this with her recommendation Barack Obama stay home from Copehhagen following the release of emails where some scientists suggest exaggeration of results, "Instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante, Palin writes. "He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a 'deal.' Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people."And as Truthout maintains, it is only what concerns the American people that its citizens believe.
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