In his recent column, Harold Raley critiques Dave Bary’s earlier piece regarding the threats of climate change, and suggests climate change might be good ("Climate change might not be as bad as some predict," The Daily News, July 8). Raley states, in challenging Bary’s commentary, that “to exaggerate the facts is always to diminish the truth.”
I agree. Raley claims, “Many experts, perhaps a majority,” accept the existence of climate change, but that “the evidence for human involvement is … questionable, and the scientific community remains divided.”
A study published in the November 2016 issue of “Theoretical and Applied Climatology” notes that 97 percent of published papers taking a position on human-caused climate change endorse that position, while 2 percent rejected it. The study then tried to replicate the findings reported by that minority, and found significant flaws in their methodology.
It might be interesting to know whether fossil fuel interests funded that research.
Did Raley exaggerate the facts?
Raley also asserts more atmospheric carbon dioxide is beneficial, as oxygen-producing plants need it to grow. But plants aren’t keeping up; carbon dioxide levels continue to increase, while oxygen levels fall. We can thank the rate of carbon dioxide we produce, along with deforestation and similar human activities, for that.