We can’t ignore the science over climate change as Yorkshire flood risk grows – Yorkshire Post Letters

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg in New York.
Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg in New York.
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From: David Alcock, Guiseley, Leeds.

IT is dispiriting to read, in one recent edition, three contributors (two letter writers and Bernard Ingham) variously describe global warming as ‘‘cyclical’’, ‘‘probably cyclical’’ and ‘‘a scam’’.

Yorkshire has been hit by flash flooding this week.

Yorkshire has been hit by flash flooding this week.

Greater focus on flood prevention needed to protect Yorkshire communities in face of climate change - The Yorkshire Post says

While there is room for discussion about the scale of impact of climate change and of the ways to combat it, as evidence by your articles this week on flood prevention, 
there is an overwhelming scientific consensus (more 
than 97 per cent of climate scientists).

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Although there are natural variations in the global climate, almost all of the current spike in temperatures is attributable to human activity.

A rapidly rising river near Ripon as Yorkshire is hit by floods.

A rapidly rising river near Ripon as Yorkshire is hit by floods.

It is difficult to admit to ourselves that we are partly to blame, but doing so allows us
to confront this challenge sensibly.

Don’t let your columnist patronise teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg – Yorkshire Post letters

I am no hair-shirted advocate of economic degrowth.

Rather, I am optimistic that we can, and should, mitigate 
and adapt to climate change through human ingenuity 
and scientific advances, 
coupled with public and political will.

But to ignore the science because it suits one’s own lifestyle or outlook is not going to help society in this important task.