One of the things that a good theory about what is going on in the world is that it will predict future events. This is opposed to a lot of ideas about the way many people think the world works—more often than not those which present a hypothesis that is incapable of predicting anything solid.
For example, those ideas that the world was going to end in say, 2000, met with complete failure because it didn’t happen. That crazy theory was not based on science. This is instructive as we move towards serious environmental problems. If we don’t have a view of reality that is correct and predictable, we’re going to cook the next generation.
More and more the predictions of Climate Change are occurring and doing so swiftly. Arctic ice melting and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increasing are happening and they are predicted in the Climate Change model.
Another prediction is methane gas being release from the ocean floor, which if it happens rapidly could release a global warming gas far more potent than carbon dioxide. And, now there are indications that this is occurring:
Study Says Undersea Release of Methane Is Under Way - NYTimes.com Climate scientists have long warned that global warming could unlock vast stores of the greenhouse gas methane that are frozen into the Arctic permafrost, setting off potentially significant increases in global warming. (March 4, 2010) The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia