2. Does climate change really exist?

Second blog, February 5, 2019

The existence of climate change is considered to be real for most people, including scientists and politicians. The COP21 agreements in Paris show that this is the accepted status quo. You probably want to know if I also believe in climate change? In my book The Treesolution I show that climate change has occurred many times in the history of the earth, even when people did not yet exist. Even when fossil fuels were not yet used by mankind.

So yes, climate change exists. But is the current climate change solely caused by man? By burning fossil fuels? Because of our high CO₂ emissions? Most scientists are certain this is the case, but a small number of scientists challenge this view. However, they are no longer heard, no longer invited to speak, no longer shown on television. People now regard their arguments as fake news. Opponents of the 'belief' in climate change are ignored, arguing a topic that so many scientists have agreed upon already – there is no space for an alternative view.

There are many examples of theories where almost all scientists agreed, but which ultimately did not turn out to be correct. Prof. dr. Dr. Robert Warren and Dr. Barry Marshall from Australia claimed in the early 80's that stomach ulcers were caused by bacteria. All scientists in the world ridiculed them for their publication. Even when their evidence was clear nobody believed them. In the end, Dr. Marshall decided to infect himself. Only after he got the disease and healed himself with antibiotics, did the 'belief' begin to tilt. After 30 years (!) both gentlemen received the Nobel Prize for their discovery.

I do not know what is true, but I find discussions about climate change a waste of time and resources. That is why I prefer to approach the problem from a different angle.

In 1776, when the Industrial Revolution began and with it the consumption of fossil fuels, the CO₂ concentration in the atmosphere was 280 ppm (parts per million). We are now at 410 ppm, so the concentration of CO₂ in our atmosphere has increased. This 'rise of the concentration in the atmosphere' is irrefutably the result of humanity.

The discussion about whether or not there is climate change is not smart. President Trump does not think it exists - so he does not take any measures. China is currently building 700 new coal-fired power plants that will address the growing demand for electricity. The ongoing debate about the existence of climate change means that excuses are made to avoid real action.

What is certain and beyond any doubt is that the CO₂ concentration in our atmosphere has increased. This is a measurable fact that cannot be disputed. I think we should bring back the CO₂ concentration to 280ppm – to the level it was before the Industrial Revolution, before the excessive ‘concentration’ caused by mankind. But how is mankind going to do this? And can it be done in an affordable way?

Yes that’s possible, follow my blogs to learn how, and spread the message.

The title of my next blog is 'What is CO₂?'.

Pieter Hoff
Green Musketeer

Background information

On 8 October 2018, the IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) issued an emergency call to all countries to reduce their CO₂ emissions by at least 50% by 2030. The Netherlands wants to comply with this by means of a Climate Agreement. Pieter Hoff is of the opinion that the Climate Agreement needs additional policies to achieve 0% net CO₂ emissions by 2030 and that this supporting policy can be implemented much more efficiently, quicker and less costly than the current proposals that are included in the proposed Dutch Climate Agreement.