First sceptical argument

First Sceptical Argument.  The scientists are divided on the issue.  There are large numbers of them trying to alarm us about global warming because they want to attract grants and funding.   Answer. It is true that the scientists are divided, but only in the sense that 100 can be divided into 75 and 25. The sceptics quote scientists who support them and lists of names sound impressive, but these are always in fact quite a small minority.  Against this, we must put the 2,500 working for the International Panel on Climate Change at which Melanie Phillips scoffs so much.  The...

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E mail from Jeremy Leggett

  from Jeremy Leggett Friends, colleagues and esteemed contacts Many of us have found difficulty believing some of the things that have emerged in the world of tech these past few years. I have collated and analysed a precis, designed specifically for the busy person who is interested but unable to follow the rapid pace of play too closely by dint of vocational, or other family overload. You can view it here. I really hope you will find it useful. Going forward I will continue to offer a precis collation of the saga, in holistic context, on my website as it unfolds, on...

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What does the 97% Consensus really mean?

Google It's OK to be smart. What Does the 97% Consensus on Climate Change really mean?

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Humane and enlightened liberals

Just as the S.S. killed people in gas chambers and did not think of themselves as committing a horrific crime but, on the contrary, persuaded themselves that they were performing a noble deed on behalf of the Reich, so ordinary people shopping in supermarkets who buy food that is cheap because of pesticide use (or at least it would be cheap if the supermarkets were not addicted to making billions of pounds profit) thereby helping to wipe out birds, bees and butterflies and playing their part in the destruction of nature - we are on track to destroy at...

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Mycorrhiza to the rescue

Hi Tom, Will the below be of use? Rupert The FAO have stated that there are some 60 harvests left if soils are degraded at the current rate. To put this into figures, land area equating to a country the size of Syria is lost to cultivation every year by becoming exhausted, contaminated or desertified. Recent research has shown that this disordered state can be reversed. Such processes that are involved may be unsuitable for the climatic desert but eminently suited to the overcultivated and otherwise marginalised soils on the edge of the great deserts. The technology harnesses mycorrhiza, a number of strains of...

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A better thought out reply than the Sainsbury one at least.

Dear Jane I admire the intellectual dexterity of your reply but I don’t think it answers my complaints. You omit to mention that paper bags can also be recycled and whereas plastic can usually be recycled no more than twice paper can be recycled ad infinitum.  And are you really expecting me to believe that it’s going to need a fleet of the huge Tesco lorries we see on the roads to carry the excess weight of paper bags?  That’s ridiculous.  But there’s really a more important point.  Yes the environmental problems can all be solved but they won’t...

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Not actually going to do anything about it then

Dear Thomas Thanks for your email.  We share your concerns about the effects of carrier bags on the environment and, for a number of years, have been focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling plastic bags in all our stores. We know plastic bags are a concern for many people and our customers, colleagues and stakeholders often tell us they'd like us to do more to reduce the number they use.  We believe that encouraging customers to change their behaviour is the best way to reduce the numbers of bags used and we've done this by replacing our single-use orange carrier bags in-store with...

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The world is losing the battle against climate change

The world is losing the battle against climate change. According to Climate Action Tracker not a single major industrial nation is on course to keep to the agreement they made in 2015 in Paris. 2017 was the worst year yet for atmospheric pollution. Since Trump there has been a huge surge in investments in fossil fuels. If you don't want your children to inherit, according to the now virtually unanimous opinion of the climate scientists, a truly truly terrible world, get up and do something. We maybe in practice have twenty years to reverse this descent into a horrific...

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