Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Winds will not bring change to government

NO one can know whether the tornado that hit Oklahoma would have happened without climate change (News, May 22).

What we do know is that extreme weather events, such as storms and hurricanes, will become more frequent and more severe as the oceans warm and the amount of energy in the atmosphere increases.

Events that previously happened once in a lifetime will occur every decade, and once-a-decade events will occur annually.

Yet the media seems all but oblivious to these phenomena. No one has mentioned climate change in the aftermath of Oklahoma. Hurricane Katrina and Tropical Storm Sandy were treated by the US media as acts of God.

The modern media resemble medieval soothsayers before microbes were discovered. The standard response to plague was more prayer and fasting.

It took the Catholic Church 359 years to admit that Galileo was right. I don't expect the Government to respond any quicker.

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