If the globe is indeed warming, then there’s no sign of it in parts of the developed world. Sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow in Britain and across Europe have paralyzed rail and flight services, leaving thousands of travellers and commuters stranded. Insurance company RSA estimates the ensuing chaos could be costing the British economy alone at least £1.2 billion every day.
The irony is explicit at a time when human beings—led by some of the very countries affected over the last few days—are looking to adapt to a future of increased heat waves, melting glaciers, rising sea levels and floods.
This is not to say that climate science is dubious. It isn’t, despite the doubts cast by the IPCC goof-up and the University of East Anglia documents leak. It’s only a sign that a trumped-up over-enthusiasm over climate change may be unproductive. Copenhagen failed because of this irrational behaviour; we hope Cancun can be more reasonable.