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A ques­tion for DOC - when the 1080 pel­lets leave the fac­tory - it has on its pack­ag­ing ‘‘the en­vi­ron­ment de­stroy­ing sym­bol’’ but the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and en­vi­ron­ment coun­cils re­move this sym­bol from any sig­nage that we the pub­lic see - why?

Per­son­ally - it should be made very clear to the pub­lic, that 1080 is deadly to both hu­mans and an­i­mals (with the skull and cross­bones) and the eco toxic sym­bol, that specif­i­cally states that 1080 de­stroys our en­vi­ron­ment.

Diana Hal­stead, Te Mata

from around the world on the very se­ri­ous con­cerns of po­ten­tially cat­a­strophic cli­mate change. I take is­sue with the dam­age Brick­ell and oth­ers cre­ate. Doubt. Doubt leads to ap­a­thy which con­ve­niently lead to in­ac­tion.

We don’t have to change or do any­thing about this.

The jury’s still out. For the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple, the is­sues of cli­mate change are sim­ply to com­plex or chal­leng­ing to con­front.

Get­ting kids to school, bal­anc­ing house­hold bud­gets, deal­ing with stresses and de­mands of mod­ern life. Con­sid­er­ing 2050 or sooner as a po­ten­tial tip­ping point is be­yond com­pre­hen­sion.

Brick­ell’s opin­ions are at odds with the ma­jor­ity of the cur­rent and se­ri­ously con­cerned lead­ers of our world.

The re­cent Ra­dioNZ in­ter­view with Christina Figueres has ex­pressed a propo­si­tion in the 2020 pub­li­ca­tion, that to en­act a change in mod­ern life­style to avert se­ri­ous global con­se­quences of cli­mate change has just a three­year win­dow.

I feel an in­tense frus­tra­tion that peo­ple such as Brick­ell are pre­pared, whether through ig­no­rance or ar­ro­gance, to gam­ble with such in­cred­i­bly high stakes.

To claim his knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of such mat­ters is con­trary to the con­sen­sus of the qual­i­fied, global sci­en­tific and po­lit­i­cal com­mu­nity.

The out­comes of in­ac­tion from the grow­ing body of ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing pro­jec­tions and use of com­puter mod­els, are con­cern­ing for our fu­ture and more specif­i­cally, for the fu­ture of all chil­dren.

What is the worst case sce­nario of adopt­ing a more sus­tain­able way of life if for no other rea­son than to hedge our bets?

Rick Brown, Thames

Frank Coul­ter imag­ines a stoat eat­ing a bird alive. Death by stoat is prac­ti­cally in­stan­ta­neous, the most ‘‘hu­mane’’ type of death you could imag­ine, in­com­pa­ra­ble with the drawn out agony of a 1080 death.

I have wit­nessed both kinds of dy­ing and I would pre­fer to ac­cept the ev­i­dence of my own eyes than the less-in­formed imag­in­ings of Frank Coul­ter.

Coul­ter ig­nores the fact that for ev­ery stoat killed by aerial 1080 many birds are also poi­soned in the same op­er­a­tion.

If you want to kill stoats put out some traps. Traps do not poi­son birds. Adult bird deaths at this time of year mean the deaths of young ones too.

The adults die a slow, ex­cru­ci­at­ing 1080 death and the young ones die an even slower death from star­va­tion.

John Vey­sey, Coro­man­del

dence on facts, pro­vide my sources and have never hy­poth­e­sised about what may cause those facts to be as they are.

Mr Brick­ell as­sumes that I be­lieve that hu­man in­duced ris­ing CO2 lev­els are caus­ing the world to warm, but I have never said that.

I have said that the world is warm­ing, and that a warmer world causes ice to melt – these are facts and no de­bate about their cause will change them.

Mr Brick­ell refers me to the NOAA web­site. This site con­firms that the world is warm­ing, and their ‘ Global Land and Ocean Tem­per­a­ture Anom­alies’ tool shows that, since the late 1970s, tem­per­a­ture rise has been sig­nif­i­cantly above the long-term trend, and the rate has been in­creas­ing.

This is just a fact. My prob­lem with that fact is that higher global tem­per­a­tures will melt ice and the re­sult­ing wa­ter will flow into the sea (again a pre­dic­tion, based on the as­sump­tion that grav­ity will keep on work­ing).

Rather than wax­ing lyri­cal about GIGO, Leonardo DiCaprio and a ‘‘gullible me­dia’’, could Mr Brick­ell ex­plain why he thinks that the in­creased rate of tem­per­a­ture rise will not melt ice at a faster than his­toric rate, and that this melt­wa­ter will not flow into the sea, rais­ing its level?

David Haynes, Ha­hei

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