The Warm Blue Dot : Evidence For Anthropological Global Warming
Throughout the long history of the Earth, the global climate has fluctuated drastically, ranging from tropical to glacial. In the mid-18th century, the Industrial Revolution began, and humanity began a bilateral campaign: one waged with the goal of achieving a prosperous, industrialized future, and another, inadvertently waged against the environment. The purpose of this literature review is to examine the influence of anthropological global warming on the overall climate and to investigate the impact of humanity compared to natural circumstances. Although there is a small, but vocal dissenting minority, an overwhelming majority of researchers agree that human-induced climate change sets itself apart from that of natural origin. While natural factors such as varying solar radiation and volcanic activity play an important role in the global climate, researchers have found that anthropological global warming has been particularly impactful when compared against ‘normal’ climate patterns.
Skepticism Toward Anthropological Climate Change Despite the widespread consensus that human-induced global warming is the main contributing factor in contemporary climate change, a vocal group of researchers holds firm that the impact of humanity has been largely unmeasurable. Robert M. Carter, head of the School of Earth Sciences at James Cook University, writes that the world’s press and politicians follow the…