Tuesday, 22 October 2013

EVIDENCE FOR HUMAN INFLUENCE ON CLIMATE AS CERTAIN AS SMOKING LINK TO CANCER SAYS LORD DEBEN

This article gives the detail of comments made by Lord Deben. However he is, as usual, vastly overstating his case. The evidence of a link between tobacco smoking and lung cancer is much easier to prove with a huge number of cases. On the other hand the climate is a vast chaotic system with a huge number of variables and outcomes - nothing like as straight forward. Deben is using people's emotions to draw them in to comparing climate change with cancer when there is no comparison at all. There are millions of people in the third world suffering from chronic lung disease and many will develop cancer, through using smoky wood and dung fires to cook and keep warm. If they had access to cheap electricity, and that means fossil-fuelled power stations, their lives would be immeasurably richer and healthier.

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