No more cli­mate change scare­mon­ger­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – I find my­self in­cred­u­lous that so many other­wise in­tel­li­gent peo­ple can fall for the claim that hu­man be­ings can change the cli­mate of the world.

It seems that ev­ery day an­other ex­pert is sound­ing an­other warn­ing of ap­proach­ing catas­tro­phe un­less we change our ways.

In­ter­est­ingly, a search of ar­chive ma­te­rial on this sub­ject re­veals that 10 years is usu­ally the time limit given, be­yond which life on earth will be in­tol­er­a­ble.

As a child in the 1970s, I re­mem­ber tele­vi­sion warn­ings of a com­ing ice-age; then the world’s forests were go­ing to be de­stroyed by acid rain.

That was closely fol­lowed by alarm­ing re­ports of a hole in the ozone layer over the Antarc­tic which would lead to us all be­ing zapped by the sun’s ra­di­a­tion.

When none of these apoc­a­lyp­tic prophe­cies came to pass, the bo­gie man be­came global warm­ing.

The only prob­lem was that the globe did not du­ti­fully warm as the fear-mon­gers pre­dicted.

So they sub­tly switched to the term, “cli­mate change”, per­haps hop­ing that no­body would point out the ob­vi­ous fact that cli­mate does in­deed change and it has done so since the dawn of time.

I whole­heart­edly be­lieve that we should be good stew­ards of cre­ation and I have been an en­thu­si­as­tic re­cy­cler for years.

I ac­cept that, at a lo­cal level, pol­lu­tion can ad­versely af­fect air qual­ity. How­ever, trees and plants need car­bon diox­ide to live and pro­duce oxy­gen.

So even warn­ings about the need for “car­bon cap­ture” are scare-mon­ger­ing.

By all means, we should care for the nat­u­ral world but to sug­gest that hu­man be­hav­iour can af­fect the way the global cli­mate changes is sim­ply ridicu­lous.

An­gela Ren­nie. 88 Muir­field Cres­cent, Dundee.

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