Deadly se­ri­ous

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Far from hav­ing fun with num­bers, as the ti­tle of Peter Kerr’s let­ter im­plies (Jan­uary 31), I’m deadly se­ri­ous about re­fut­ing the grossly dis­torted in­ter­pre­ta­tion by Alan Jones of the Gis­temp global land-ocean tem­per­a­ture in­dex, par­tic­u­larly for the years 2016-18.

In his let­ter ‘The point is . . . ’ (Jan­uary 29), Alan Jones ac­cuses me of mud­dy­ing these sta­tis­tics, which is ar­rant non­sense, as is his con­tin­ued de­ter­mi­na­tion to per­suade read­ers of more than half a de­gree Cel­sius drop in global land-ocean tem­per­a­ture over the two years since early 2016. This is not true — it is a lie.

The Gis­temp in­dex is based on tem­per­a­ture data col­lected at thou­sands of me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal sta­tions, buoys and ships around the globe, ie. ac­tual mea­sure­ments, and cer­tainly not from ‘lies, damned lies and sta­tis­tics’ cyn­i­cally re­ferred to by Peter Kerr.

For Alan Jones to de­scribe the sci­en­tific con­sen­sus that cur­rently ac­cel­er­at­ing rates of hu­man-in­duced global warm­ing as a scam with po­lit­i­cal ob­jec­tives is sim­ply cranky con­trar­ian non­sense.

The fact that main­stream me­dia have not re­ported on a half-de­gree drop in global lan­do­cean tem­per­a­tures over the past two years is be­cause there hasn’t been one.

The Scripps In­sti­tu­tion of Oceanog­ra­phy, one of the old­est and largest cen­tres for ocean and Earth science re­search in the world, says that it is clear from the num­bers that the rise in CO2 is un­am­bigu­ously caused by hu­man ac­tiv­ity, prin­ci­pally fos­sil-fuel burn­ing, and that it is known how much fos­sil fuel is con­verted into CO2 each year and emit­ted into the at­mos­phere.

How­ever, the CO2 doesn’t all stay there. Some en­ters the ocean, and some is taken up by pho­to­syn­the­sis, which ends up in land plants and var­i­ous types of bi­o­log­i­cal mat­ter. About 57 per cent of the emis­sions have re­mained in the air.

Scripps says that few if any nat­u­ral pro­cesses can re­lease fos­sil car­bon into the at­mos­phere as fast as hu­mans are do­ing now by ex­tract­ing and

burn­ing fos­sil fu­els.

Even US in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials now warn that cli­mate change is a world­wide threat, and their re­cent an­nual as­sess­ment says cli­mate haz­ards such as ex­treme weather, droughts, floods, wild­fires and sea level rise threaten in­fra­struc­ture, health and se­cu­rity.

Global warm­ing de­nial­ism is mak­ing po­lit­i­cal solutions much harder to achieve, and any­one who does not see this is ei­ther to­tally ig­nor­ing cli­mate science or elects to re­main wil­fully ig­no­rant ROSS FORBES


how sad they con­tinue to lose eggs, etc, through lack of pro­tec­tion or hu­man re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Fur­ther, what a waste of valu­able food with the dis­card­ing of fish frames and heads, once more hu­man re­spon­si­bil­ity and food of value to needy fam­i­lies. Even if I am not in need, would wel­come such gifts for my ta­ble.

How sad for Jim Mor­gan and his loss of Sandy. Once more lack of hu­man re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Re the pe­ti­tion for tougher sen­tences. What a laugh MP Matt King. Un­til we can ob­tain jus­tice in the courts – in­stead of all the le­gal jar­gon an ac­count­abil­ity of judges, many in­no­cent peo­ple are go­ing to be hurt through in­jus­tice, as de­nial is the old­est de­fence to any in­jus­tice. If Matt King seeks tougher sen­tences, then he ad­mits our le­gal sys­tem is fail­ing both the in­no­cent and the guilty.

Hon­esty, truth and re­spon­si­bil­ity can only pro­vide jus­tice, not de­nial as a de­fence for in­jus­tice. But hey, is that not what pol­i­tics is about? De­nial of the truth, eg. 10 bridges. Oh yeah. Run-down hos­pi­tals, home­less­ness, poverty, fail­ing ed­u­ca­tion and much more.

Re stu­dents raise funds for wildlife — sav­ing rat traps, per­haps MP Matt King this is a project that pris­on­ers could do, as a form of giv­ing some­thing back to so­ci­ety. Bet­ter still per­haps our judges and MPs would be­come re­spon­si­ble ci­ti­zens and be in touch with real

peo­ple if they be­came in­volved in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties. Food for thought Matt.

Myr­tle rust is here to stay, along with many other dis­eases, pests, pol­lu­tion and rub­bish, so folks, keep your eyes open. Be­ing re­spon­si­ble is the an­swer to our and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions’ prob­lems.

The high­light of your last is­sue for 2018 goes to page 12, re ‘Res­i­dents en­joy Christ­mas show’.

Thanks very much for the time given and ef­forts of our lo­cal In­dian com­mu­nity to share with our in-care el­derly. The most pre­cious gift we can give of our­selves to our fel­low per­son of any age is our time.

Such a won­der­ful gift can be given by any na­tion­al­ity, re­gard­less of their re­li­gion or cul­ture, to bring joy and hap­pi­ness to many souls re­gard­less of age or race. So my thanks to the In­dian com­mu­nity for their time, ef­fort and won­der­ful colour­ful dis­play, for bring­ing joy to so many hearts. JOHN BASSETT

Dig­gers’ Val­ley

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