Inspired
by the
Baha’i Faith
The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. The official website of the Baha'i Faith is: Bahai.org. The official website of the Baha'is of the United States can be found here: Bahai.us.
GOT IT
The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith.
How do I become Baha’i?
Science

The Settled Science of Climate Change

Baha'i World News Service | Jul 21, 2014

Interested in Other Topics?

We’ve got something for everyone.
Baha'i World News Service | Jul 21, 2014

The outcome of this intellectual endowment is science, which is especially characteristic of man. This scientific power investigates and apprehends created objects and the laws surrounding them. It is the discoverer of the hidden and mysterious secrets of the material universe and is peculiar to man alone. The most noble and praiseworthy accomplishment of man, therefore, is scientific knowledge and attainment. – Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 29.

This past March, two outstanding reports on climate change were released– one from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the other from the National Academies of Science and the Royal Society.

Climate changeSince then, three additional distinguished bodies have issued groundbreaking reports. The unprecedented number of such significant reports over such a short time frame could help open a door to much-needed carbon reduction policies in the United States, as the world prepares to negotiate a new climate treaty in December 2015. U.S. leadership on the climate issue is considered by many as an essential prerequisite to progress on a global treaty.

The three new reports are:

  • The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – The latest edition of the world’s premier global report on climate change was released in stages over several months (most recently with segments in April and May, with a synthesis report yet to come). It paints a comprehensive picture of climate change, with an emphasis on the Physical Science Basis; Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability; and Mitigation.
  • The U.S. National Climate Assessment — Released in May, this report summarizes the impacts of climate change here in the United States, now and in the future. Compiled by more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee and extensively reviewed by the public and experts, it includes a well laid-out website which makes it very accessible. The report notes that, “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” Describing current impacts, region by region and sector by sector, the report reinforces the message that climate change is happening now, and that choices we make will affect our future and that of future generations.
  • Risky Business – The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States — Released in June, this report takes particular aim at business leaders. It makes it clear that the risks of inaction on climate change are unacceptably high, across all regions and sectors, and will far surpass the economic and social costs of taking positive steps now to address the issue. Of particular interest are a series of short videos featuring the official statements of the project’s Risk Committee, whose members span a broad range of the American political spectrum, including Henry Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury under George W. Bush; Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York; and Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton.

All told, the above reports, and the two published earlier, convey a strong consensus and an urgent call from a variety of perspectives on the importance of immediate and long-term action on climate change in order to protect current and future generations and all life on the planet.

You May Also Like

Science

Deluge and Cataclysm: What Happens when the Oceans Rise?

Science

3 Ways Baha’is Deal with Global Warming

Science

Understanding the Grand Design of Human Evolution


Comments

characters remaining
  • May 23, 2015
    -
    OK this one has more information. Especially about the reduction of carbon emissions. http://bahaiteachings.org/finally-some-good-climate-change-news
  • May 23, 2015
    -
    Of course climate changes. It changes and changes and changes. None of the above article says why. There seems to be a confusion about the difference of opinion and science. What is the viable science on why? Why did the Ice age begin? Why did it end, for example. It appears that only one cause is offered for the current expected changes. Could there be others that need to be examined? Could there be more than one solution? Maybe we need to find ways to ...adapt rather than ask politicians to solve the problem? Maybe scientists could offer more solutions? I would like to see an article on the real science --so I can understand.
    Read more...
  • May 3, 2015
    -
    Hmm! Its a good. Question. Randy. I am not a little worried that in an effort to embrace man made climate change we happen to be ignoring both scientific voices of dissent, statistical data and the unde iable FACT that proponents of this theory of man made climate change, have been caught falsifying data according to their own emails.
  • Apr 2, 2015
    -
    Some possible reasons for dissenting from mainstream scientific consensus could be ideology or greed.
    Of more importance than who wrote this little article is who all contributed to the major reports mentioned.
  • Oct 24, 2014
    -
    Settled science????? Why are there so many dissenters then?
  • Oct 24, 2014
    -
    Who wrote this article and why is there no name attached to it.........................
x
x
Connect with Baha’is in your area
Welcome!
What's your name?
Thanks my friend ! We want to connect you with a Baha’i in your area, where would that be?
Thank you so much! How can they best reach you?
To put you in touch with a Baha’i in your area who can answer your questions, we would like to kindly ask for a few details about yourself.
Connect with Baha’is in your area
Connect with Baha’is in your area
Get in touch with the Baha’is in your community.