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  • Dr Ian Simpson
    October 17, 2013 - 16:28

    Right on Peter, Our Grandchildren are going to wonder why, and how we, ( our generation ), missed out. Global warming, followed by excessive population growth is obviously the most serious environmental problems for the next generation. And our generation is failing them. Thank you Peter.

  • Cashin Delaney
    October 15, 2013 - 22:54

    "preventing the planet’s atmosphere from heating up by more than two degrees Celsius" is not a primary worry of Newfoundland, as is the direct, negligent pollution of the ocean by oil extraction and the purging of effluent by our other multi-nutcase metal eating profit cults. Not saying we shouldn't study climate, but do we let weather instability, and all it's challenges, sit second to climate change because we love to "fix" stuff far in the future, while the walls fall around our feet? Do we study the nuances of "anthropogenic interference with the climate system" while erratic weather hits us harder every year? Oil will fall out of fashion in time, just like whaling. Whether we produce oil or not, the capital that wants to do it, will do it elsewhere, even dirtier. We will never run out of oil. It is the next abundant liquid to water on, and in earth. We are carbon-based life forms, so “transition to a low-carbon future” sounds rather ominous. Gwynne Dyer and David Suzuki are all over this angle. Newfoundlanders at home must consider the here and now, and get some infrastructure, instead of moaning about the Earth in abstraction.

  • Alison Dyer
    October 15, 2013 - 11:21

    Thank you for writing this Mr. Armitage. Climate Change is of such importance, we should have print columnists dedicated to such, just as we do business, lifestyle, etc.