Given all of the misinformation that permeates the media coverage around climate change, one might conclude that climate change is a contentious issue. The problem is, climate change is very real, and far from contentious -- and we simply can’t afford ignore the facts any longer. Here are a couple of the most common climate change myths, along with the facts to bust them.
Myth 1: Climate change and global warming are the same thing
False! Climate change is the change in climatic patterns due to natural and man-made causes while global warming, which means a rise in temperatures, is a result of climate change. Since 1900, every decade has been warmer than the previous one, and 2014 was the hottest year on record -- a reality endorsed by reports of the world’s top meteorological agencies.
Myth 2: Climate change does not affect ME
False! While one may think climate change is restricted to the low-lying Pacific islands or the drought-prone regions of Africa, the truth is, it affects each and every one of us. Whether considering extreme weather events, production of food staples (like corn, beans and wheat), or rising sea levels, we are all directly or indirectly affected by climate change. Consider this: coastal areas around the world will be threatened by rising sea levels -- and 13 of the 15 largest cities in the world are situated on coastal plains.
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