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The climate change debate is over

July 31st, 2012
08:13 PM ET

In the fierce and sometimes ugly fight over global climate change, we finally have an answer coming from the earth itself: the weather is telling us climate change is here and we are causing it. Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku is among the scientist who say the world is giving us signs that climate change is already happening (to see how he explains it, watch the video above). This summer, there have been relentless droughts, wildfires, melting glaciers and unprecedented storms – all happening at the same time. And around the world people are demanding something be done about it. Even in the United States, ground zero for climate change denial, six in ten Americans say they believe it is indeed happening. But political leaders are missing in action – cowed by a vociferous climate change denial club, which is actually now shrinking faster than the polar ice caps.

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  1. Gail

    I love Michio Kaku. And I know from history that drastic climate change can occur in a generation or so.

    July 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Grow Paradise

      To be honest, when I see MK supporting something these days, I raise my eyebrows – he fully supports GMO foods and pushes the propaganda of darker forces...Google Michio Kaku NWO as well. I know that humans are completely screwing up the planet (especially through deforestation which hardly ever gets addressed...unlike "carbon taxes") but have droughts not occured before the industrial revolution? RE-Forestation is the key, and until someone takes that issue head on, they are wasting time with MUCH more complicated solutions than need be. Again though...Michio is a friendly and authoritative "talking head" that is used to push some really nasty stuff that is surely affecting the planet and humanity very negatively.

      August 1, 2012 at 7:20 am | Reply
    • Klem

      But what you refer to is normal climate change, what these people are suggesting is that mere bad weather is your fault. And that you had better live the life they have designed for you or the world will fly apart.

      What Amanpour does not understand is that bad weather is merely evidence of climate change only, it is not evidence that CO2 is the cause.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am | Reply
      • hh

        You lack the basic competency to understand meteorology.

        August 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • Josh

        So, if it's no CO2 then what is it?

        July 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm |
  2. akshat

    climate change is a reality or a myth will only be told by people a hundred years from now, but for now i think we have already enter a vicious cycle where we need fossil fuel cause its feasible, 5 billion of underdeveloped people living on the planet have more need for survival then going green, but i feel the most important thing that we probably are missing out is the fact that all the smart scientists in the world probably have hit a dead for alternate to the fossil fuel.... so end of it science is failing, poor people cant go green and worst rich are trapped in economic crisis and for climate shift well poor will find a way to survive its the rich who just are not prepared...... we need to shift to a new planet....

    August 1, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • jfreed27

      first, the poor will suffer from climate change far more than the wealthy. World Health Organization estimates hundreds of thousands already die each year from extreme weather. Google it, dude. And it's just getting started.

      Second, instead of the US citizens sending $300 billion/year elsewhere for oil, we can pay ourselves for going green. It will be far cheaper. Estimates that delay in going green is costly. Five years delay is about 1.2 trillion in future costs.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
      • Josh

        Yeah, trashing everyone's cars (or refitting them with green power) is going to be super cheap! Not... While I agree with your stance on climate change, the logistics of making the transition can only make sense to me over a 10-20 year period. You can't force everyone to give up there cars (most won't be able to afford the retrofit, or to buy an new car), we need to gradually shift that way.

        July 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
  3. sandydec

    Christiane, I hope you are right that the climate change denial club is shrinking. It will get tougher when people realize they must radically revise their lifestyles, e.g., give up cars and air conditioning.

    August 1, 2012 at 3:56 am | Reply
  4. Ben

    It's OK, Jesus is coming, he will save us... ;-)

    August 1, 2012 at 5:06 am | Reply
    • jfreed27

      "Save us from what? It's not happening." James Inhofe

      August 1, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
  5. Pierce Robinson

    But nobody is really denying that climate change is happening, they can see it with their own eyes, some people just question what is causing it, whether it is the Earth going through a natural cycle (remember that in the 1700s, Europe and North America went through a mini ice age when there was snowfall in the middle of summer!!!!) or is it human influence.

    In my own personal view, I do not think that human influence is the main cause of climate change however I do agree that it has contributed to the speed of climate change around the world e.g polar ice caps melting, grasslands turning into deserts. I believe that it is more to do with the Earth going through a natural cycle of becoming warmer then decreasing in temperature later on.

    August 1, 2012 at 7:19 am | Reply
    • jfreed27

      The only factor that holds up to 30 years of research is CO2. All other "natural" causes you can think of have been checked out – and some should even be cooling us.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • Klem

      "In my own personal view, I do not think that human influence is the main cause of climate change ..'

      Then you sir are a climate denier. Its as simple as that. Welcome to the shrinking club. Lol!

      By the way, climate denial deminishes in the summer months, then grows again in the winter. Funny about that.

      August 1, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  6. charles

    "The climate change debate is over". ROTFL. How many times have the alarmists and activist tried this?
    Survey after survey shows that belief in the climate scare is declining, see the most recent one
    'Only one in five of Generation X in USA concerned about climate change'

    August 1, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • Josh

      This show's the rapid rate at which our young people are becoming more ignorant to the scientific method, that's it.

      July 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  7. Klem

    How long must climate catastrphists observe normal climate variability before they will finally admit that they have been observing normal climate variability?

    August 1, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
  8. alagarsamy

    The Climate Change debate was excellent. iam happy to listen to amanpour ..CNn is my must television besides BBc and My Indian Channels...
    But Only CNN is spearheading climate war very effectively...i wsh this kind of debates are good for futuristic society...since we are darkened by dirty politicians and their dreams over Political Utopia..
    Alagarsamy
    India

    August 1, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
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    August 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
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