There is a conference of man-made climate change sceptics going on at the moment and many of them believe that man-made climate change doesn’t actually exist. Bob Carter a leading speaker on this subject was interviewed earlier in the week on BBC radio 4 and made the point that in the last 20 years or so, we as an international community have spent around $200 billion on climate change research, involving thousands of top level scientists and according to Bob, we haven’t actually found any scientific significant evidence to support the, what can now be considered the accepted view of actual global temperature rises. Apparently the variations that have been detected are natural and have been seen many times. It has also been reported that in recent times we have seen cooling, such 1920-50, a period of vast industrial advancements. Whether or not you or indeed me accept this view, arguement or not, is perhaps not the real issue concerning us today. Bob Carter suggests that we should not discount the idea of man-made climate change, but we should be looking to ask different questions about how we interact and affect our planet.
With the economy on the road to recovery, large nations gearing up to battle for world supremacy, such as China, India and parts of Africa, we are certainly in no danger of reducing our CO2 output in the near future. Do the levels of CO2 generated from man’s activities actually have a direct impact on the global average temperature? A very big question and I’m not even going to attempt to answer this or even form an opinion on it. Why? Well, for me the issue of temperature rise isn’t as important the fact that we are running out of resources. Let me explain, we know that we can expect the whoever has the last drop of oil to burn it, extraction cost are increasing, but so is demand and therefore we can expect the cost of oil and indeed energy to rise. One question is when does energy (as we know it, fossil fuel dependent) become too expensive and will this occur before we get to “significant” levels of CO2 or will it in fact run out before both scenarios? Big questions hey? Fuel scarcity is likely to be the first major problem as the world seeks a solution for its ever-increasing thirst for energy. Surely by trying to solve this issue, we can combine the research into reducing CO2 as well. So what I am really trying to say is that we should be looking to solve the looming energy shortage, by developing new ways to generate power, conserve supplies and make changes to our lifestyle. Isn’t that a win-win? Reduce CO2, make renewable energy and satisfy the demand. Okay, easy said than done. But the point is, is climate change and the rising or not rising CO2 levels the issue or not. I would say not.