JOHN Leal (Nov 15) has a problem with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change having a “summit that takes place at the end of every single calendar year”.
Given that Earth’s climate would have only supported modern human civilisation for the last 12,000 years, ensuring it stays within this narrow band we can tolerate is the most important thing we must do.
Thousands of scientists globally have much more new information to contribute each year. The yearly summary of that work reported through the IPCC is clearly warranted. Although, Glenn Acreman (Nov 29) would have everyone just give-up and let it deteriorate.
Leal’s claims misrepresent earlier IPCC reports.
Actually, these reports didn’t include several of the feedback mechanisms that are now well documented, so in recent years they have been found to have been too conservative into the medium-long term.
Recent evidence available via modern information technology, including many documentaries, indicates that accelerating adverse changes in our climate are real.
Leal’s advice that we shouldn’t “pay the slightest attention to the doom mongers and killjoys” is irresponsible.
Living in a fool’s paradise won’t change the evidence or serve future generations. — ERROL CONROY