A. Climate Change Definition

Google™ Dictionary definition of Climate Change is:

“a change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.” Emphasis added.

This definition was likely derived from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  The IPCC was formed to combat global pollution.  It was not formed to determine if there is global warming or global cooling.  See Hester R., Harrison, R, (2002) Global Environmental Change, Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge, UK, ISBN 0-85404-280-6, ISSN 1350-7583, including the following: 

2. FORMATION OF THE IPCC.“

“What was new about the problem of ‘global warming’ (as the climate change due to the increase of gases began to be called) was that it is an example of global pollution or pollution on the global scale, i.e. pollution emitted by one person locally that has global effects. This can be compared with pollution due to human activities on a local scale, of air, water or land that has been around for a very longtime.” (pg 2

“The existence of global pollution requires global solutions, i.e. solutions that are organized on a global scale. In the late 1980s, therefore, as political concern began to be expressed about the possibility of deleterious climate change, the organization of that concern was international, as indeed had been the work of the scientists on which the political concern was based.” (pg 2) 

3. THE IPCC 1990 Report.” 

“It was agreed at the first meeting of the IPCC that a new assessment of the whole issue of anthropogenic climate change should be prepared.” (pg 3)

Anthropogenic means chiefly an environmental pollution and pollutants originating from human activity [Google™ Dictionary].  The definition of pollution is the introduction of a substance into the environment that is harmful or has poisonous effects [Oxford Lexico™ Dictionary].

The IPCC specifically classified CO2 as a pollutant and developed the expression “CPAs” (Climate Altering Pollutants) [IPCC 2014 pg. 1760].  CAPs include any gas that is released from human activities that affects the climate directly or indirectly, such as CO2.  However, carbon dioxide is necessary for plant life.  Without CO2 all plants would perish. And since plants produce all of the oxygen in the atmosphere, all animal life would also perish.  To equate CO2 with a pollutant is a fundamental fallacy.  That same type of reasoning would classify oxygen as a pollutant, because it is responsible for all forest fires.  Water would be a pollutant, because it is responsible for all drownings in man-made swimming pools.  Man produces water in every automobile engine and natural gas power plant.  In fact, more water molecules are created than CO2 in the combustion process.  Under the definition adopted by the IPCC, water and oxygen would qualify as pollutants. Yet they were not classified as such. 

The IPCC was formed to study pollution issues caused by humans.  Presumably, this is why the definition of “climate change” included causation language, i.e., carbon dioxide being produced by the use of fossil fuels.

The IPCC specifically classified CO2 as a pollutant and developed an expression CPAs (Climate Altering Pollutants). [IPCC 2014 pg. 1760]  CAPs include any gas that is released from human activities that affects the climate directly or indirectly such as CO2.  Carbon Dioxide is necessary for all plant life, which produces all of the oxygen in the atmosphere.  Without CO essentially all animals and all life would perish.  To equate CO2 with a pollutant is a fundamental fallacy.  That same type of reasoning would classify oxygen as a pollutant because it is responsible for all forest fires.  Water would be a pollutant because it is responsible for all drownings in man-made swimming pools.  Man produces water in every automobile engine and natural gas power plant.  In fact more water molecules are created than CO2 in the combustion process.  Under the definition adopted by the IPCC, water and oxygen would qualify as pollutants, but they were not so classified. 

The IPCC was formed and its studies were limited  to pollution issues caused by humans.  Presumably, this is why the definition of “Climate Change” included causation language i.e. attributed to carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.