Perhaps a return to some common sense instead of the religious fervour of the global warming terrorists.
- Climate change is inevitable and warming and cooling will continue till the earth dies a “heat death” in about 4 to 5 billion years
- The little (relative to the distance from the centre of the earth to the sun) turbulent layer of crust and atmosphere within which we live is a “chaotic” system dominated by the sun’s radiation and with the oceans as the primary vehicle for heat transport in this layer. The next largest “heat transporter” is the volcanic activity around the world and its transient effects. The atmosphere comes next and effects of its composition are dominated first by clouds and only then by the trace gases, sub-micron particulates and aerosols such as carbon dioxide and soot.
- Climate science (which is a hotchpotch of disciplines and still a long way from being a science) can only speculate as to the causes of and directions of climate change – from coming ice ages in the 1970′s to global warming and the melting of the ice caps in the 1990′s and to the prospects of a new little ice-age now.
- Resorting to alarmism and the nonsensical “precautionary principle” in an attempt to control climate while still not understanding the causes of change is more than futile – it is plain stupid.
The new UK Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman seems to have changed tack – ever so slightly but still significantly – to focusing on adaptation rather than on trying to control or brake climate changes.
Perhaps a whiff of common sense returning. And high time for that.
The Telegraph reports that she will express this shift in her first speech on climate change. For the past few years Government policy has concentrated on trying to make people turn off lights and grow their own vegetables in an effort to bring down carbon emissions. But as global greenhouse gases continue to increase, with the growth of developing countries like China and India, and the public purse tightens, the focus will increasingly be on adapting to climate change. Temperatures are expected to rise further because of greenhouse gases that are already “locked in” but will take decades to warm the atmosphere.