I do not claim to be an expert on the subject, but it has long concerned me that there seems to be entirely too much politics and not enough science around the whole “man causes global warming” theory. Every conversation I’ve had with a zealot has centred around the idea that I must be some crazed, irresponsible loon if I don’t want to reduce CO2 emissions, because clearly I’m risking the future of the world. And, obviously, every responsible person will act to avoid that risk by doing their bit to cut down CO2.
But am I risking the world? How do we know that, say, the extra CO2 we put in the atmosphere is not saving us from the ice age that would otherwise be upon us?
So, in that vein, I am grateful to my dad for pointing me to research into the link between CO2 and temperature. The rather startling conclusion is that, yes, CO2 and temperature are linked, but the CO2 rise lags the temperature rise by 4-800 years. The scientists out there will need no further explanation.
I know I’m going to regret posting this, but what the hell – bring on the flames.