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Blighted future

Letters

NCE has recently printed several letters from readers concerning global warming, a phenomenon to which mankind undoubtedly contributes, but is not, in my view, the sole cause.

I note from the Stern report that the UK contributes approximately 2.5% of the global carbon dioxide emissions, while the US contributes 10 times as much.

China is expected to catch up to the US by 2009.

So even if the deafening clamour in the UK to cut emissions of carbon dioxide results in a reduction in our contribution by say 20%, which would be hailed as a massive success, globally this would only result in a reduction of 0.05%.

I do not advocate that the UK sits back and does nothing, but let's get things into proportion. Until the US, China, India and the other much greater polluters get their act together, there is little that we in good old Blighty can do to prevent further climate change.

Brian M Archer, project co-ordinator, 25 Greenhills, Killingworth, Tyne and Wear NE12 5BA

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