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Simon Kelner’s Hot, Remote Holiday: Is The Independent’s Editor Ignoring Man-Made Global Warming?

by | 21st, February 2011

SIMON Kelner is on holiday. The job of editing i, the Independent’s tabloid version, falls to Stefani Hatfield. He revels that Kelner is “sunning himself somewhere remote and hot”. Maybe he got to the winter sun by walking? But isn’t this the Independent the paper that told us that man-made global warming and, specifically, air travel were killing the planet? Here’s what the Indy’s writers have said:

Geoffrey Lean: “What do most scientists believe caused global warming?”

The vast majority are convinced it is human emissions of carbon dioxide. It was established scientifically 180 years ago – and has never been seriously disputed – that natural levels of the gas given off by decaying vegetation and the oceans help to keep the Earth warm; without it, and other natural greenhouse gases, the planet would be some 20C colder and we would freeze. Adding even the so far relatively small amounts from human activities makes us warmer.

Martin Hickman: “End of our affair with air travel?”

Research by The Independent on Sunday, however, shows that in August the number of flights at 18 leading airports barely rose above last summer, ticking up 1 per cent. Gatwick had 240,000 fewer passengers and Heathrow, scene of furious protests by climate change protesters, recorded 220,000 fewer travellers

Cahal Milmo wrote:

The aviation industry’s failure to curb its soaring carbon emissions could lead to the “worst case scenario” for climate change, as envisaged by the United Nations

Happy holidays!



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