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Camilla Cavendish - Too Many Ghastly People To Blame

The Attenborough Guide to saving the planet | The Times (£)

Camilla Cavendish

I write about a wide range of subjects but I have never met such pure, hostile outrage as when I dared to suggest that a century of industrial revolution, population explosion and cutting down forests to grow food might be changing the composition of the atmosphere. People deeply resent the implication, often made explicit, that they are guilty in some way. Even Sir David will not be immune from attack: how dare people living in glass houses in Richmond-upon-Thames throw stones after flying thousands of miles for the BBC?
Men are drilling hundreds of miles under the earth to extract information about temperature changes; they are giving Inuit hunters satellite phones to monitor glaciers; they are living under artificial light for six months of the year in self-contained stations to study the complex ways in which the planet is warming. Yet mankind cannot rationally discuss the results of those studies. Human ingenuity stops at a psychological challenge that requires us to set the welfare of future generations against our own and requires us to take out costly insurance against a risk the magnitude of which cannot really be quantified....

Scepticism is healthy. It is also easy — shout that greens are exaggerating, politicians are prevaricating and scientists are partisan, rather than focus on what might be in store.
The irony is that interest has cooled in the warming planet just as the evidence is hardening on the changes taking place and when global carbon emissions have hit record levels, despite the recession in the West....

But soon it will be necessary to look the bogey of global warming in the face again. That means admitting the importance of limiting population growth. It means protecting the rainforests, which act as the planet’s lungs. It means not automatically sneering at plans for electric cars, nuclear power and such things...

Limiting population growth - the trendy new green answer. And how are we going to that? Obviously the greens can sneer at the Roman Catholics, in a non-condemning multicultural way. But do they then push for economic growth which we know cuts population growth, even in Catholic countries or do we revert to some of the old trusted methods from the last century?
Do tell.

Comments

"Men are drilling hundreds of miles under the earth ..."

Where?

"they are living under artificial light for six months of the year in self-contained stations to study the complex ways in which the planet is warming."

They are living at the Antarctic and studying all manner of things.

"Yet mankind cannot rationally discuss the results of those studies."

The results are often interpreted rather than reported, by media types and by the authors themselves. Uncertainties in the papers disappear when it comes to writing abstracts or including papers in briefing documents for politicians.

"Scepticism is healthy. It is also easy — shout that greens are exaggerating, politicians are prevaricating and scientists are partisan, rather than focus on what might be in store."

Or we could do as Bjorn Lomberg does and focus on what *is* in store - continuing poverty, preventable diseases and death for the poorest people on earth, whatever the weather.

"Scepticism is healthy"

Translation - "scepticism is healthy as long as you agree with me"

This is all part of their increasing desperation as their scare runs out of steam and people lose interest.

Don't worry dear, the next bandwagon will be along soon.

I plan to increase my own total of little catholics by one more,my appoligies for destroying the planet are a given....honest.

If its population growth that needs limiting we could maybe start by leaving the third world to its own Darwinian decices,since its the third world that is driving the growth.

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