New scientific data confirms that human activity is fueling climate change. Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California classified the data’s certainty as “gold standard” meaning there is “a one-in-a-million chance that the same data would be observable if humans were not causing the planet to grow warmer through activities like fossil fuel extraction,” Common Dreams reported.
The report, which was published in the journal, Nature Climate Change, applied a “five sigma” measure to the research to make an “even more definite assertion” that climate change is human caused, Common Dreams reported.
“Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the authors of the most recent study said in Nature Climate Change.
While 97 percent of climate scientists have come to this same conclusion prior to this new study, Donald Trump and fellow Republican legislatures have doubted the scientific community questioning the existence of climate change and going as far as calling it a hoax.
But as climate scientists continue to build support of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report from 2013, which stated that human activity is most likely causing climate change, so has public opinion. Now 62 percent of Americans surveyed by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication believe in man-made climate change.
“The narrative out there that scientists don’t know the cause of climate change is wrong,” Benjamin Santer, the study lead, said. “We do.”