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Climate Change Is Largely Manmade

In 2010, a Gallup poll found that 50% of those surveyed thought that climate change was manmade, while 46% believed it was due to natural causes. Numbers like those indicate controversy. But in truth, among scientists who study the Earth's climate, there is no controversy whatsoever. The rise in global temperatures over the past few decades is undoubtedly caused by human activities.

Not a single reputable scientific body rejects the idea that climate change is manmade. Drilling that fact home is a recent survey of over 12,000 peer-reviewed climate science papers, of which over 97% endorsed the idea that climate change is caused by man. And just last week, a report leaked out from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world's leading climate organization. It gives 95% odds that humans are driving global warming.

Even before this new data was released, Americans were starting to rethink their positions on climate change. The latest Gallup poll from April shows that 57% of Americans now believe that global warming is manmade. Hopefully, when the general public reaches the same consensus as the scientific community, we can come together to discuss meaningful, workable solutions to address this critical issue.

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