The effects of deliberately exaggerating the risks of climate change can do tremendous harm. This can lead to the destruction of people’s mental health and trust in science – or, better put, trust in what science used to be.
In March of last year, The Washington Post reported on the increased risks of flight turbulence due to climate change. More recently, the World Economic Forum reiterated this concern in a blog, highlighting that “erratic” clear air turbulence is projected to rise by two or three times in the next few decades.
Climate change affected by flights?
It is believed that flights are becoming more turbulent due to climate change. However, it is important to note that despite this, there has been no significant increase in accidents or injuries caused by turbulence over the past 30 years. In fact, the number of passengers has quadrupled during this time, resulting in a decrease in harmful turbulence activity relative to the increase in passengers, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Have you ever wondered where the exaggerated and alarming information originates from? Well, it seems that both of the stories are based on the research of Professor Paul Williams from Reading University.
According to his findings, there have been noticeable changes in atmospheric dynamics since the late 1970s, which were first observed through satellite data.
Based on climate models and utilizing the RCP8.5 scenarios, it has been projected that there will be a significant surge in clear air turbulence. It’s worth noting that RCP8.5 is considered the most extreme climate scenario outlined by the IPCC, along with its later variant, SSP5-8.5. This scenario is based on high greenhouse gas emissions, which may lead to a temperature increase of 4-5C within the next 80 years.
Many scientists do not find these climate pathways to be believable, and even the IPCC describes them as having a “low likelihood.” However, politicians and the press who are trusted by the IPCC do not share these reservations.
Yet it seems these implausible scenarios are so addictive for climate alarmists that about half the impact mentions in both the IPCC reports and across the wider scientific community still incorporate them.
John Kerry (Special Presidential Envoy for Climate) in 2009: The Arctic would have its first ice-free summer in 2014 ????pic.twitter.com/xhkBCTUpgV
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) May 27, 2023
It’s evident that this mindset influences much of the sensationalist content churned out by mainstream media, as they peddle the “established” scientific beliefs required to stir up panic and advance the collective Net Zero political program. I suggest that you check out the latest details about all of this in the original article posted by Daily Sceptic.
It’s worth noting that excessive worrying about the impact of climate change might be adding to the mental health struggles faced by young individuals. As per a recent global survey, 45% of young people stated that thinking about climate change had a detrimental effect on their day-to-day existence, and 40% expressed apprehension about having children.
The effects of all these exaggerations do enormous harm to people’s minds and the trust they used to have in science.