x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Climate change is a fact despite recent allegations

A reader warns that recent scandals aside, the threat of global warming is real, and pretending otherwise is irresponsible.

The columnist Saleha Way (Many Britons off colour after catching solar fever, November 26) tells us that "the global warming scare is now perceived as weak after a series of scandals over data manipulation and errors".

This is an inaccurate and dangerous claim. It shows only how desperate some of us in the human race are to keep our heads in the sand and ignore the climate threat.

Global warming is not a "scare". It is a fact.

Ms Way alludes to "scandals over data manipulation". I assume that she is referring to the hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia in England (UEA), where I work. Presumably, Ms Way is unaware that there have been three inquiries into these e-mails, and that each inquiry has agreed that, though there were some improprieties in terms of how one of the UEA climate scientists was seeking to keep rival views out of print, there was absolutely zero evidence in the e-mails to support the outrageous claim that any climate data was being manipulated.

The UEA climate scientists have in this regard been completely exonerated. It is shameful to see a supposedly respectable newspaper columnist ignorantly continuing to pretend otherwise.

The real tragedy here is that, if we fail to rein in global over-heating, then a country like the UAE will be one of the first to die. A few degrees of global warming and a few metres of sea level rise, and the already very hot country will grind to a halt, through the combined effects of heat and flooding. It would be sensible for Ms Way to stop waffling about a global warming "scare", and to start being scared.

We must start taking appropriate avoidance actions such as drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, so that countries such as the Maldives and the UAE do not disappear.

Dr Rupert Read, Norwich, UK

 

Gallup is giving Islam a new voice

This is amazing stuff that Gallup is doing (Putting the microphone back in people's hands, November 25). Abu Dhabi is the ideal place for showing the world that Islam is a tolerant religion and our message of tolerance should be to Muslims first. Once we have one voice and a real understanding of what our religion really means, no one will be able to hijack our religion the way the terrorists have done. It's time we took our religion back from them.

Ziad Batal, Abu Dhabi

 

Many groups to blame in Iraq

I refer to Abramcos Abraham's letter Ba'athists have a right to prosecute (November 26). Mr Abraham naively assumes the carnage that befell Iraq following the American and British invasion was caused only by the Americans.

This is ridiculous. Who was blowing up innocent women and children in markets and Muslims praying in mosques? These vicious terrorists were none other than the Ba'athists and their new allies, the despicable al Qa'eda.

The rise of the minority Sunnis (who were losing their historic, privileged position under Saddam) against the Shia majority also caused great conflict. Granted, the Shia hit back just as viciously against the Ba'athists and their Sunni supporters, bringing Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2007. In truth, Iraq was already a destroyed country before the Americans came in 2003; it was destroyed by a Weapon of Mass Destruction called the Ba'athists and Saddam.

The destruction of the Kurdish countryside and the draining of the southern marches stand as a further witness to their crimes. Hundreds of mass graves of innocent Kurds stand as further damning evidence.

Justice is being done today on behalf of these victims by the Iraqi courts in prosecuting these criminals. They caused havoc in Iraq for 30 years and destroyed its wealth and social fabric.

It's going to take a long time to heal all the wounds, but Iraq today is marching on towards building a democratic and prosperous country. We are lucky to have a superpower ready to support Iraq. May success find Iraq and its long-suffering people.

Shamal Karim, Abu Dhabi

 

Irradiated foods pose a concern

With reference to your article Local interest grows in food irradiation (November 25): I hope the people involved in this process take a very strong look at the pros and cons of this particular journey down a slope that won't easily be reversed.

A study performed by the University of Wisconsin in the US reported that cats who ate irradiated food developed severe neurological symptoms due to a degradation of myelin, the fatty insulator of nerve fibres. This loss of myelin is found in several disorders of the central nervous system in humans - the best known being multiple sclerosis.

If the authorities decide that we have to have irradiated food on our shelves, I hope they label the food properly so that those of us who want to eat healthily have the anility to choose.

AK Wells, UK