Toronto Star

The reality is climate change isn’t rosy

- Robert Nevin, Toronto

Re Repeat after us: ‘The sky is not falling, the sky . . .’ Ideas, Jan. 5

Frank Furedi is a social scientist and his argument is presented as “the case against pessimism.” Pessimism is defined as the tendency to take a gloomy view, the implicatio­n being that we have the choice of taking a rosy one.

Climate change falls under the purview of the natural sciences, and the Intergover­nmental Panel on Climate Change’s prediction­s of dire consequenc­es are conclusion­s based on measuremen­ts of the natural world. They amount to realism, not pessimism.

Reality may not be what he wants to face, but that does not make the recognitio­n of it pessimism.

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