Frank Oldaker is right in saying that a refusal to acknowledge the possibility of climate change or take action by both limiting and adapting to it, could be disastrous (NCE 30 November).
On the matter of waiting for a 'risk assessment', however, who is going to do it? The government? No. It will be scientists, engineers, technicians and craftsmen who sort this mess out and I would suggest we start now.
We cannot continue to use non-renewable resources or tip our many and varied wastes on to the land and into the air and sea indenitely without expecting some adverse consequences.
The solution lies in increased self-reliance and self-sufficiency - for each house, each street, and each neighbourhood.
This will result in a reduction of consumption and waste, and give the social exibility essential for dealing with local problems.
Above all, it will release the substantial talent and ability of people with who can say what benefits. As for the government, it will go where we lead.
Roger Taylor, 16 Rycroft Road, Meols, Wirral CH47 9RQ