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Debunking False Doomsday Claims of Climate Change Advocates

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

by Ram ben Ze'ev (Conservative Values)


Climate change is thought to be a significant global concern in the present era. Many scientists have studied climate change and its potential consequences, leading to a substantial body of knowledge, and claims that are disputed by a number of scientists equal to those who support the predictions. It is worth noting that some individuals who demand action on climate change have occasionally made exaggerated and alarmist statements regarding its impact.


Dale Vince, a self-styled "Green Industrialist", repeated the oft-heard 'doomsday tropes' while speaking today with Ian Collins on TalkTV. My goal with this short article is to address some of these false doomsday claims made by members of what has really become a doomsday cult and climate change advocates, like Vince, and to provide a more accurate portrayal of the scientific understanding surrounding this issue.


One commonly cited doomsday claim is that climate change will lead to an increase in extreme weather events such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts. While it is true that climate change can influence the frequency and intensity of these events to some extent, attributing any single event solely to climate change is misleading. Scientific studies indicate that natural climate variability plays a significant role in extreme weather events, and it is essential to consider long-term trends rather than individual events.


Another alarming claim is that rising sea levels will submerge coastal cities and displace millions of people. While it is true that sea levels have been rising over the last several hundred years, the rate of rise is relatively slow and can be mitigated through adaptation measures. The widely circulated predictions of entire cities being underwater in the near future are based on worst-case scenarios and do not take into account potential human interventions or advances in technology that could prevent or manage such situations.


Climate change advocates often assert that global warming will lead to agricultural collapse and widespread food shortages. While speaking with Collins, Vince claimed that areas of the world would become uninhabitable. While climate (weather) does pose challenges to agricultural systems, it is important to note that farmers and scientists are constantly adapting and developing new techniques to mitigate these risks. Furthermore, advancements in technology and the potential for agricultural innovations, such as genetic modification and precision farming, offer hope for increased resilience and productivity in the face of changing weather conditions.


The notion that climate change will cause mass extinctions is frequently sensationalised in the media. While it is true that some species may be at risk, it is important to recognize that ecosystems are complex and have inherent resilience. Additionally, conservation efforts and the implementation of sustainable practices can help protect vulnerable species and habitats. While climate undoubtedly poses challenges to biodiversity, it is overly simplistic to claim that it will lead to an apocalyptic mass extinction event.


Some doomsday scenarios predict that climate change will have immediate catastrophic effects, such as the complete collapse of ecosystems or the irreversible destruction of the planet. The reality is that climate change is a complex and multifaceted issue with gradual changes over a very long time. While urgent action is necessary to mitigate its impacts, framing it as an imminent doomsday event can lead to fearmongering and hinder constructive dialogue and problem-solving.


The climate is a global challenge that requires our attention. However, it is crucial to separate fact from fiction and avoid falling into the trap of false doomsday claims put forth by some climate change advocates. By relying on scientific evidence and acknowledging the complexity of the issue, we can foster a more informed and nuanced conversation that leads to effective solutions.


It is important to recognise that the urgency of addressing climate variations lies not in sensationalised claims, but in the long-term risks and consequences it poses for our planet and future generations. By focusing on sustainable practices, supporting scientific research, and engaging in constructive dialogue, we can work towards a more resilient and environmentally responsible future.


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Bill White (Ram ben Ze'ev) is CEO of WireNews and Executive Director of Hebrew Synagogue



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