Skeptics study recent report on climate change

CHARLES CITY, Iowa – The always controversial topic of climate change is once again making headlines after a recent United Nations report.

A report on global climate change is suggesting that humans have definitely played a role when it come so climate change around the world.

While some may consider this proof for what they’ve already believed to be true, others aren’t still have their doubts.

“We’ve heard these reports before and it’s usually the sky is falling,” said Erwin Johnson, Farmer and Operator of Center View Farms.

Erwin Johnson is a Farmer and runs his own business out of Charles City.

He says he’s read many reports throughout the years and this most recent one doesn’t seem to change his stance, even if he had one.

“We’ve had these reports for many years, you know from various entities and many of them are headline-grabbing. So I guess I’m gonna wait to develop a definitive opinion about this,” said Johnson.

The same skepticism is shared by many like Johnson around the country, although others like Elwynn Taylor, a Climatologist with Iowa State University say it’s a report that can still be considered a breakthrough for the global community.

“Scientists never agree 100 percent on every detail and that’s why science progresses. Nevertheless, it’s very good that there is an effort being made to separate out the natural causes from things that people have had an influence on,” said Taylor.

This year alone, Iowa experienced extreme weather that some believed was a sign of global climate changes, but according to Taylor, these are extremes that have happened in the past.

For Erwin, there may be a middle ground.

“Maybe it doesn’t have to be an either or, may be it’s just that we need to take it and judge it and not make drastic changes quickly,” said Johnson.

More than 800 authors across more than 39 countries contributed to the group’s 25-hundred page assessment, which draws on both observations – and numbers.

Erwin says he believes more scientists may speak out against this study and from there he says he may finally get a chance to have all the facts straight.

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