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We’re heading for climate catastrophe, no doubt about it

John Whitelegg Church Stretton, Shropshire
01 June 2020

I was alarmed to read in your editorial comment (‘Climate Constraint’ LTT 15 May) statements that lend support to the case that there are uncertainties, doubts or defects on the science around climate change.  

It is important that all those involved with trying to deliver zero carbon transport realise that the evidence on the subject of climate change is as good as it gets and far better than many other examples of policy-driven science.  

I have spent 47 years dealing with science and evidence related to transport and traffic and including some major policy relevant issues around decarbonising transport. 

I have been very fortunate in working for over ten years with two globally top-rated science policy institutes, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and the Environment.  

Working with 500 scientists all of whom are committed to science and have no other interest but policy driven by excellent science is a remarkable experience and the “story” in both Sweden and Germany is that climate change science is robust and as good as it gets and we should take note and shape policy accordingly.  

Are you really saying the science is not “robust” and you “have reservations”.  It would be astonishing if you really thought there was anything “robust” about your “reservations”.

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