Burke on Climate Change from behind the paywall
Tom Burke Visiting professor in environmental science at Imperial and University College London
Floods, heatwaves....All these events are the consequence of a shift in the jet stream that is disrupting weather patterns around the globe. No one could claim that they were, however extreme, a result of climate change. No single set of weather events can ever be attributed to climate change. But it is now well beyond reasonable doubt that what we have witnessed this year is a foretaste of the 4C hotter world we now seem determined to explore.
Working on climate change, I imagine myself at times transported by a time machine back to Germany in 1936. I know what will happen next. All the signs of that catastrophic future are already visible.
The people I speak to treat me with kindness. They listen to what I say. They agree such things are possible. But they do not think they will happen here. The more agitated I become at their calm confidence in the constancy of the present, the more concerned they become about my welfare....
And that is because he is confusing weather with climate. Terrible weather kills people, climate doesn't. If he was campaigning for us being being better prepared to deal with catastrophes then people wouldn't smile and pat him on the shoulder. Campaigning about switching off lights when people are drowning as a way of helping them is madness.