Horizon Social Media Analysis


No more doubt on climate change

The idea that global warming is due to human activities has been strongly debated over the last 20 years. Climate sceptics were the first to raise doubts. Today, and for the first time at a United Nations Conference of the Parties, it seems that we’ve reached a consensus.

So, has the debate concerning climate change and GHG emissions, become any less passionate? 37.2% of social networkers react with a feeling of concern as indicated by figures collected by the HorizonCOP21 Platform. Concern is an emotional way of apprehending the future, wavering between positive feelings and fear, the doubt of uncertainty in a way. Logical, therefore, when you’re facing a change to your way of life. Trust comes in in second position with 26.7%: Do Internet users trust our leaders or trust society to address climate change issues, to find sdolutions ? In third position with 14.8% comes a very natural feeling when debating the future disruption brought about by climate change: fear.




Uncertainties wiped out

So, why is climate change more widely accepted in 2015? Firstly, because of the work of scientists of the IPCC Group (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) who have been researching the causes of global warming since the end of the 1980s. The Group’s first report dates back to 1990 and in November 2014, the 5th was published. In it, experts are now 95% sure that climate change is due to human activities. In 2007, for the fourth report, the level of certainty only reached 10%. That global warming is anthropogenic in origin, is no longer a subject of debate.

Mayors of the world are mobilized for the climate

Knowledge is shared by the world

The marginalization of the climate sceptics in the debate is also heavily linked to public awareness. IPCC experts have gone to great lengths to explain what climate change is. Take the famous French climate expert, Jean Jouzel, for example; a glaciologist and former vice-president of the IPCC Group, he repeatedly comes out in public to hammer home the message that we will have to reduce our CO2 emissions. A branching out of the IPPC Group to other disciplines such as sociology and economics particularly to work on questions of adaptation and mitigation has also led to increased awareness and interest, to the point where the current President of the Group, the Korean Hoesung Lee, is an economist.


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