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Bronwyn Eyre shot down in the Calgary Herald

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Stick with the fact
BY MICHAEL J. MALE, CALGARY HERALD JUNE 23, 2011

Re: "Rain, rain, go away -and take the global warming myth with you," Bronwyn Eyre, Opinion, June 21, and "Distressed oceans sign of mass extinction," June 21.

What are Bronwyn Eyre's qualifications and background to state in her factfree column that global climate change is a myth? She went on the Environment Canada website to find out the various weather events that occurred in Saskatchewan over the past few decades?

She does not address the fact that 2010 was one of the warmest years globally in history, even with the cooling influence of La Nina in the Pacific Ocean.

Even more serious, as outlined in the short article on the previous page, are the effects on the oceans of global climate change.

They are increasing in temperature, acidity and sea level. Twenty-seven leading oceanographers state that the rate of change of these factors is occurring faster than earlier predicted, risking mass extinctions of marine species.

Eyre's counterpoint is that she noticed Saskatchewan has had a cool, wet spring!

If today's media want to regain some credibility, they could at least emphasize the critical, fact-based information about global climate change and not the opinions of a columnist who will not address the clear facts that refute her baseless opinions.

Michael J. Male, Calgary

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Witchcraft
BY BARRIE CARLYLE, OAKVILLE, CALGARY HERALD JUNE 23, 2011

 
While offhandedly dismissing climate change as a myth, Bronwyn Eyre uses some of the very witchcraft reasoning she decries. First, no credible scientist has linked the Japanese tsunami to global warming, so comparing it to three generations of tsunamis neither enhances nor discredits any hypothesis regarding climate change.

Second, anecdotes about how warm the summers were when we were kids in Toronto don't exactly constitute scientific data.

Third, most skeptics of climate change still acknowledge the fact that unfettered carbon emissions cause damage to the planet, which we would do well to control and reduce.

While they debate the notion that the planet is warming, no one studying the impact of carbon emissions on the planet is seriously suggesting that we simply do nothing because there is no threat.

There have been many well-written, carefully researched columns questioning the validity of global warming and climate change. Eyre's was not one of them.

Barrie Carlyle, Oakville, Ont.

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It's all about the bears, not the weather
BY JONATHAN SHARP AND, CALGARY HERALD JUNE 22, 2011
 
Re: "Rain, rain, go away -and take the global warming myth with you," Bronwyn Eyre, Opinion, June 21.

To debate whether local weather is a sign of global warming is reasonable, but to then inexplicably follow this up with a global denial of the existence and significance of climate change (as Bronwyn Eyre does) is pathetic, sad and eye-poppingly unscientific. The "few polar bears" she so glibly dismisses represent the entire Arctic ecosystem. It is ecosystem health (not weather events) that really matters.

Jonathan Sharp, Calgary

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