Aside from our disagreements on some things, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has an exceptionally valid point when it comes to why this climate change is different from those other climate changes. Here’s the thing: Some people look at climate change history, particularly carbon dioxide levels, and point out at least two correlations with modern climate change.
Climate change deniers say carbon dioxide levels have been this high before, and there are natural cycles of carbon dioxide concentration, which is both true and false. Carbon dioxide levels over 400 ppm (parts per million) are no longer unheard of today, but the last peak, some 320,000 years ago, was only 300 ppm! Also, in the natural cycle, carbon dioxide levels range from 150 ppm to 300 ppm in about 25,000 years.
Bill Nye is right, because the data is showing us a big huge glaring problem. Not only are carbon dioxide levels far beyond the last peak, when it broke 315 ppm in 1958, but has since peaked at over 400 ppm, in less than sixty years. Put another way, pre-Industrial Revolution carbon dioxide levels were just 280 ppm. So, in the last three hundred years, we’ve managed to make up for twenty-five thousand years of natural climate change cycles.
In the last 300 years, mankind has managed to outdo what the earth managed to do without mankind in the last 4.5 billion years. Can we undo 300 years of *cough* “progress” before it’s too late?