ANTARCTICA IS JUST AN ICEBERG
I really enjoyed reading Benny Bennetts’ letter (October 13).
It was passionate and used exciting, colourful language with scientists apparently spreading ‘‘verbal manure’’ and contained an intriguing reference to Joseph Goebbels.
It was quite fun to read that I ‘‘shovel’’ facts that have ‘‘an odious waft’’.
I agree with Mr Bennetts that a melting iceberg hardly changes water level.
I did not follow his extrapolation that therefore if all the ice in the world melted, sea levels would remain near present levels – that would require all the ice in the world to be in the form of icebergs.
Then I realised what the tiny, tiny flaw in his reasoning was - he must think that Antarctica is an iceberg.
I request that he produce evidence that it is not a continent, with a lot of land above sea level, and that the land is covered with lots and lots of ice which, if it melted, would run into the sea and raise sea levels.
Mr Bennetts also asserts that the ‘‘global warming scam’’ is ‘‘now debunked’’. I was unaware that global warming had been debunked.
Please could Mr Bennetts provide evidence for this debunking? I, for one, will be very relieved.
I have enjoyed corresponding with Mr Brickell, who makes ‘‘no apology for dealing in facts’’, and I repeat my request for him to provide evidence to support his assertions related to climate and sea level.
I wonder what Messrs Bennetts and Brickell felt about your October 13 front page article on low-lying towns being at risk from rising seas.
If they are planning to comment, please can they support what they say with facts and evidence, and not rely on wild assertions and vituperative language?
David Haynes Hahei