Climate change does not only mean abnormal increases in temperature, but it does mean disturbance of whole climate systems which many species have evolved to adapt to for millennia. It will indiscriminately affect everyone and everything on earth, and the impacts will be enormous and last for over 1,000 years (Matthews & Caldeira, 2008; Montenegro, Brovkin, Eby, Archer, & Weaver, 2007; Solomon, Plattner, Knutti, & Friedlingstein, 2009). The time has come to worry about survival of human civilization. Global efforts to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change are underway, but it is difficult to see many positive signs that these efforts are making a real difference (Anderson & Bows, 2008, p. 17). Is there any hope that we can succeed in mitigating climate change?
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*This series of posts is excerpted from my dissertation. I hope these posts help my visitors understand this critical matter better.*