Don't panic... climate change natural and cyclical
In recent Press reports the climate pundits are at it again. Last year was supposed to have been the hottest since records began in the 18th century. Scientists attributed this trend of hotter summers to greenhouse gases from burning of fossil fuels, causing heat waves, droughts, downpours and rising sea levels.
I don't believe that to be true. I remember far warmer summers in my youth when the sun shone from dawn to dusk and the pavements were so warm a child could not walk on them in bare feet.
Modern climate record-keeping only began in 1850, when methodical thermometer-based records were introduced. I'll stick with the bible of great scientists and researchers, such as Dr Antonio Zichichi, botanist David Bellamy and environmental scientist Professor Denis Rancourt, who all proclaim that global warming and climate change are driven by natural phenomena. It depends in a significant way on the fluctuation of the sun's cosmic rays, not on greenhouse gases. Human activity has less than a 10% impact on the environment. Planet Earth is a living organism like us - revolving in its orbit around the sun at 66,000mph for at least 4,500 million years.
It has suffered all the cyclical scars normally attributable to natural phenomena - and recovered from them. Nevertheless, we should continue our exercise in getting rid of poisonous CO2 gases for the sake of a cleaner and healthier environment in which to live. In this guise, it is a sensible housekeeping exercise.
It will help create extra jobs and, possibly, in the process also contribute towards healing the ozone layers.