Climate change a concern

MLA questions comments made about climate change globally

Colin Mayes recently claimed in The Morning Star Dec. 18 that, “my balanced reading has confirmed that in the past 10 years, the climate has actually cooled and even global warming scientists have played down the once two degree warming of the planet to one degree at the end of this century.”

I’m not sure what Mr. Mayes is reading, but his statement is ironic coming at the same time as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announces November 2013 as being the warmest November ever recorded. 2010 is the warmest year and 2005 is the second warmest year on record.

Also, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report released in September of this year states: “Relative to the average from year 1850 to 1900, global surface temperature change by the end of the 21st century” is likely to exceed 2 C for RCP6.0 and RCP8.5.

“Warming is unlikely to exceed 4 for RCP6.0 and is about as likely as not to exceed 4 for RCP8.5.” Here, RCP stands for representative concentration pathway. The trajectory we are on with global greenhouse gas emissions is somewhere between RCP 6.0 and 8.5.

Despite Mr. Mayes’ claim, Canada under the Harper government has done more than any other country to obstruct and undermine international efforts to combat global warming.

This is precisely why we received the not-so-flattering Fossil of the Year award year after year at the international climate negotiations.

And no Mr. Mayes, no one is claiming you are a denier, or in the pocket of big oil. We’ll just claim you are misinformed.

Perhaps you might want to start by asking for a briefing from your own Environment Canada scientists.

Andrew Weaver, climate scientist and

Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA