Recent remarks by Northern Ireland’s Minister of the Environment on a leading scientific climate change report have sparked controversy among scientists and green groups, with the claims being branded as ‘ludicrous’.
Environment Minister Sammy Wilson raised the suggestion that the IPCC’s latest report was adapted to remove evidence that human activities had little or no impact on global warming. Wilson had previously gained a reputation as something of an enviro-sceptic due to his opposition to the creation of a dedicated independent environmental protection agency in the region.
“The science of climate change could not be clearer. Anyone who disputes these facts is either a fool or is seeking deliberately to mislead for political or other purposes,” said Professor Neil Adger, from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and lead author in the IPCC. “The IPCC is the most rigorous science available – on its evidence every country, province and indeed individual needs to act now – anything else is a dereliction of our duty of care to ourselves and our future.”NI Minister condemned for climate claim
“To suggest that IPCC assessments are somehow falsified or doctored is ludicrous,” added Professor Adger, on wwf.org.uk.
“Rather than disputing a scientifically accepted consensus, we need urgent action on climate change and believe we should be preparing Northern Ireland for a low-carbon future to tackle our rising emissions and spiraling energy costs,” said WWF Northern Ireland’s Malachy Campbell.
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