Byline: MELANIE PHILLIPS
DAFFODILS are on sale in some of our shops unseasonably early. Such evidence that spring seems to be arriving before winter has departed, along with excessively hot summer temperatures, has convinced many that global warming is well under way.
Unease that something funny is happening to the weather is reinforced by constant reports forecasting imminent environmental doom, such as the article in Nature magazine last week claiming that global warming will cause more than one million species to die out over the next 50 years.
In another article in the journal Science, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King, claims global warming is an even more serious threat to the world than terrorism.
He maintains that the ten hottest years on record started in 1991, that global warming is causing the icecaps to melt and the seas to rise, and that mankind's activities in producing carbon dioxide have been proved to be the cause.
With all due respect to Sir David's eminence, every one of these claims is utter garbage.
What science actually tells us is that we just don't know whether …