For years, scientists have been saying that our proclivity to burn fossil fuels is causing temperatures to spike and weather to become more extreme, ice caps to melt, and the tropics to overheat.
All along, an outspoken group of so-called climate-change deniers has countered the science, saying climate change is a liberal invention with a political agenda. The debate has been the subject of documentaries and countless articles, and times, the debate seemed to trump the actual issue.
Last month, a panel of the world's top scientists presented its latest review of the data on climate change. The analysis concluded with 95 percent certainty -- the gold standard in science -- that climate change is manmade.
And with that, as far as The Los Angeles Times is concerned, the debate is over.… Read more