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My Zero Carbon has produced a video that can help you to have conversations with "climate sceptic" friends, family, colleagues or neighbours and/or help you to improve your own understanding of Climate Change issues.

This video presents 10 common Climate Change myths and debunks them with good science and factual information from reputable sources.

 

The myths addressed are

Myth #1 Only a few degrees of warming doesn’t matter.

Myth #2 Volcanoes emit more Carbon Dioxide than humans.

Myth #3 There is no scientific consensus on Climate Change.

Myth #4 Climate Change will happen to someone else, not me.

Myth #5 Governments will sort it out. I don't need to take any personal action.

Myth #6 Western Countries aren’t the problem. It’s China.

Myth #7  Carbon Dioxide is good, because it is plant food

Myth #8 Solar panels are expensive and cause more problems.

Myth #9 Your climate action isn’t good enough.

Myth #10 The world will come to an end by 2030 due to Global Warming

 

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Background information

 

Myth #1 Only a few degrees

Temperature last 200m years http://gergs.net/all_palaeotemps-2/

 

Myth #2: Volcanoes emit more CO2

CO2 emissions https://ourworldindata.org/co2-emissions

CO2 emissions volcanoes (2019) www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-54682-1

Which emits more CO2: volcanoes or humans? (2016) www.climate.gov/news-features/climate-qa/which-emits-more-carbon-dioxide-volcanoes-or-human-activities

USGS volcanos info www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/volcano-hazards/volcanoes-can-affect-climate

 

Myth #3 There is no scientific consensus

Research on consensus (2013) https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024024

Learning from mistakes in climate research (2015) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00704-015-1597-5

Did 30,000 scientists reject anthropogenic climate change? (2017) www.politifact.com/factchecks/2017/sep/08/blog-posting/no-30000-scientists-have-not-said-climate-change-h/

 

Myth #4 Climate Change will happen to someone else

How many people impacted (2021) www.nature.com/articles/s41558-021-01168-6

Climate refugees https://ejfoundation.org/reports/climate-displacement-in-bangladesh

 

MYTH #5 Governments will sort it out

IPCC timeline https://unfccc.int/timeline/

Greta Thunberg video (2021) www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwD1kG4PI0w

 

MYTH #6 China is the problem

China CO2 exporter https://www.carbonbrief.org/mapped-worlds-largest-co2-importers-exporters

 

Myth #7 CO2 is plant food

More CO2 hurts key crops (2020) https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/12/more-co2-in-the-atmosphere-hurts-key-plants-and-crops-more-than-it-helps/

 

MYTH #8 Solar panels are expensive

Crude oil prices, e.g. www.macrotrends.net/1369/crude-oil-price-history-chart

Natural gas prices, e.g. www.macrotrends.net/2478/natural-gas-prices-historical-chart

Fossil fuel subsidy IMF https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WP/Issues/2021/09/23/Still-Not-Getting-Energy-Prices-Right-A-Global-and-Country-Update-of-Fossil-Fuel-Subsidies-466004

Solar panel installation cost (BEIS 2021) www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solar-pv-cost-data  

Electricity generation cost comparison (2021) www.ise.fraunhofer.de/content/dam/ise/en/documents/publications/studies/EN2021_Fraunhofer-ISE_LCOE_Renewable_Energy_Technologies.pdf

Solar panel recycling www.recyclesolar.co.uk/

 

MYTH #9 Your climate action isn’t good enough

Climate actions https://myzerocarbon.org/Blog/Climate-Actions-making-a-big-difference/#wbb1

Top 10 tips www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52719662.amp

 

MYTH #10 The world will come to an end by 2030

Info greenhouse gas effect, e.g. https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/19/what-is-the-greenhouse-effect; www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/02/ar4-wg1-chapter2-1.pdf 

 www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0921344918301551

How much ‘carbon budget’ is left to limit global warming to 1.5C? (April 2018) www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-how-much-carbon-budget-is-left-to-limit-global-warming-to-1-5c

Met Office (2018) How much CO2 at 1.5°C & 2°C? https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/news/2018/how-much-co2-at-1.5c-and-2c

Climate Change -Physical Science Basis (IPCC 2021) https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/downloads/report/IPCC_AR6_WGI_Full_Report.pdf

Greta Thunberg speech (2019) www.youtube.com/watch?v=U72xkMz6Pxk

 

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