The Herald says today “climate science says extremes of all weather events are a consequence of global warming.”
But climate science does not say that. The notion is ludicrous; it represents reality as much as a boiled plastic egg represents breakfast.
The leader writer says “NZ should be doing its bit” for the climate and would have us believe that global warming makes the air hazy and difficult to breathe. This is risible nonsense from the once-trustworthy Herald. It’s climate science from Christmas crackers—well, someone’s crackers.
It talks about “choking on the air of Chinese cities” and living under “the low hazy skies of Europe.” These are fallacious remarks, remote from reality. Carbon dioxide doesn’t do anything to the air. Pollution is caused by a noxious mixture of gases and particulates.
Carbon dioxide is not pollution but essential plant food and practically undetectable—you can’t see it, smell it or taste it—yet you wouldn’t be alive without it. Our production of CO2 shouldn’t be reduced, since it’s helped boost the planet’s forests and grasslands between 6% and 13% for the last thirty years.
After all, it’s called a “greenhouse gas” for a reason.
New Zealand could cease all emissions of CO2 for an entire year (if it shut down completely), but after six weeks China’s INCREASED emissions would totally replace them. That’s how fast China is growing. Every six weeks, its emissions growth matches our annual emissions. Every six weeks.
The climate does not notice our 0.2% contribution to global human emissions. We cannot save the earth. Not by everyone walking to work or by ironing used plastic bags or buying curly, mercury-filled light bulbs or standing under trees waiting to catch little baby sparrows fallen from their nests.
The Herald’s activism would have us eviscerate our industry for no improvement in the climate. Not that anyone would call cooling the climate an improvement.