Coal use leads to climate change

By Hugh Walding

Published on Friday, September 05, 2014 - 12:31



From Hugh Walding (co-ordinator, IW Friends of the Earth), Newport:

YOUR correspondent Mike Tarrent (CP, letters 30-08-14) ends his paean to the joys of new coal, "What is there not to like?"

Well Mike, carbon dioxide. It’s changing the climate, and not for the better.

Climate scientists, who have been refining their computer models of the global atmosphere for some decades now, have reached the point where they can assign probabilities of our influence on abnormal weather events (New Scientist, August 20, 2014).

For example, last winter’s storms, whose effects on the unhappy residents of Blackwater were featured in that very edition of the County Press, were calculated to have been made 25 per cent more likely by carbon dioxide we produced.

That may not sound like much, but it is a big effect for something we didn’t expect to detect till later in the century.

It is a timely warning to all those fighting off wind turbines that it is not just your children who will suffer, you may well suffer too.

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