Reck­less com­ments

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - YOUR SAY -

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

Bud­erim

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