Doctors tell off sceptics - consensus has been reached there is no debate
Sir, We are sad at the responses to Muir Gray’s article on the health impacts of climate change (Opinion, May 25). Many still seem to select isolated comment from poorly assessed sources, and trumpet that “climate change doesn’t exist” or that “it isn’t caused by man”. Both are wrong.
In climate change, as in medicine, one must challenge and weigh all the evidence, consult experts in the field and discern where the truth lies. This process is long over. Consensus has been reached...
Such consensus does not occur by chance. The evidence comes from drawing together observations from many sources — the most convincing being from Arctic ice caps, showing that carbon dioxide levels are higher now than for many thousands of years and rising at an unprecedented rate. Recent “coolings” in temperature are within the normal year-on-year variations.
Medical professionals will be reminding this group that there are immediate benefits to be had from action now, mainly about how we move, how we eat and how we redistribute resources more fairly around the globe — all of which are fundamental to health and welfare.
Professor Hugh Montgomery Director, UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance,
Dr Mike Gill & Dr Robin Stott Co-Chairs, Climate and Health Council
Dr David Pencheon Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit
Dr Tony Waterston Paediatrician, Newcastle
Helen Moffatt Chief Executive, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Mustafa Abbas Head of Healthy Planet Medical Student Campaign
How very dare you! Questioning the doctors! You naughty sceptics, don't you know we know what is best for you.
Times commentators are almost universally sceptical both of Muir's Opinion and of the whole 100 question splash, is there a consensus amongst the readers forming?
"“climate change doesn’t exist” or that “it isn’t caused by man”. Both are wrong...the most convincing (evidence) being from Arctic ice caps, showing that carbon dioxide levels are higher now than for many thousands of years and rising at an unprecedented rate."
What does that mean? Ice caps, are they counting more than one in the Arctic or are they including Antarctica as well? Are they saying the ice caps are melting (see here for links) or are they saying that ice cores show CO2 levels have risen, if the latter that doesn't prove anything about climate. The one thing I look for in a diagnotician is precision, and in prescriptions clarity, they fail on both and so I wouldn't trust them to pull a splinter out of my arse.