Hottest month ever — not yet anyway

According to the Met Office we have just had the hottest April ever — at least since records began. This is going to mean that the man-is-to-blame lobby will be more strident than ever before, calling for further reduction in fossil fuel use.

But it’s not going to happen. Has it not registered before now that emergent countries such as China, India, Brazil and whatever else are not going to reduce their dependence on coal, oil and gas until the advanced countries do so? And even if the latter countries were, it’s questionable whether the emergent countries would follow.

We just have to hope that the present global warming is indeed man-made and not just the latest natural blip of the dozen we’ve had since the last Ice Age. If the former, then all we have to do is to be patient and wait until the oceans absorb the CO2 surplus.

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