STRAIGHT TALK: Trust the scientists, not the sceptics

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I can understand why many of us don’t trust what politicians say any more.

But scientists?

Take climatologist Prof Phil Jones, who will be giving chapter and verse to an audience in Spalding tomorrow night on why he accepts that global warming is happening at an unprecedented rate and that it’s manmade.

The flipside of this contention is that not only CAN we do something to slow climate change down, but that we should be doing a helluva lot more than we are.

What Prof Jones has done, in collaboration with the Met Office, is to apply impeccable scientific methodology to measurements of world temperatures looking back, and modelled what these forecast for the future.

He has also analysed this data against other known factors and concluded that there is no natural explanation for the rising temperatures.

As modern academic scientists do, he has been working together with fellow climatologists from all over the world and their consensus opinion is the one he has stated.

He’s a scientist, not a politician. He forms an opinion based on the evidence, not the other way round.

That was the conclusion of the official investigation into “Climategate” which completely exonerated him and his Climatic Research Unit at UEA from the accusation that data had been deliberately suppressed to support their findings.

Hacked emails published out of context were all it took to temporarily discredit a life’s work and the case it made at the crucial moment when world leaders were meeting to discuss what could be done to offset the dangers of global warming.

Prof Jones’ standing down as the unit’s director at that time made headlines worldwide.

His quiet return to the job last June having been cleared of any wrongdoing was relegated to a downpage paragraph.

Climate change sceptics, the ones with the agenda based on no evidence whatsoever, claimed a public relations victory.

The only way right-thinking people can make up for this injustice is to listen, now, to what the scientists say, and press the politicians to take action.