Global warming deniers rely on climate change myths in their damaging attempts to protect industrial and corporate interests.

It’s April Fool’s Day today, which is why is taking a look at five of these myths and helping to show climate change skeptics for the fools that they are. Last month, we heard the shocking revelation that Florida Department for Environmental Protection had banned employees from using the terms ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’. When the resistance to hard science goes right to the top, we have to show that we aren’t as gullible as the climate skeptics need us to be.

It’s cold outside so the world isn’t getting warmer.

As April arrives, most of us are thawing out after a long, cold winter. Perhaps it’s difficult to imagine the world growing warmer when there’s so much snow on the ground, but “climate change” is an explanation of long-term trends, not a description of today’s weather. So far, global temperatures have increased by 0.8C. That might seem like a tiny increase, but already glaciers and arctic ice are in decline. The effect of a 4C temperature increase by the end of the century would be a catastrophic sea-level rise of 7 metres. Fortunately such a scenario can be averted, but we need to take action now.

There’s no consensus among scientists.

An enduring climate change myth is that the evidence is disputed. It is no longer possible to claim that scientists don’t agree on the question of climate change. 97% of climate scientists agree that human activity is responsible for the rise in global temperatures. The science is sound and extensive, and fabricated quibbles in the scientific community are misleading.

Climate Change is not new so we aren’t to blame.

Skeptics might say that the earth’s temperature has been in a constant state of change throughout history, and they are not wrong. But to suggest that this absolves humans of responsibility for the current changes is not only wrong, but downright dangerous. In fact, climate changes in the past demonstrate the atmosphere’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide and provide more evidence for the man-made impact of global warming.

Plants and animals will adapt to the changes

Plants and animals continually evolve to adapt to their environment. But this is a slow process, and climate change is happening too fast. The worrying global decline in bees, essential to ecosystems because of their role in pollination, has been the subject of much study recently. It’s now well know that fertilizers containing neonicotinoids have contributed to declining bee populations, and new research suggests that climate change may also be to blame.

It’s not a problem.

This is an insidious climate change myth in which some people have tried to suggest that global warming and climate change might be good for us, with increased agricultural production in Greenland. Scientists have repeatedly warned that the costs would vastly outweigh any benefits.

These climate change myths are already beginning to look as absurd as the most outrageous hoaxes. In a spectacular April Fool’s Day prank in 1957, BBC’s Panorama had people fooled that spaghetti grows on trees, let’s hope we don’t look so foolish in 50 years time.

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