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Reader's letter: Missed point

Reader D. Robinson’s letter Facts Are There (News Views, March 12) seems to have missed the point of that current debate, which was to defend scientific scepticism relating to the climate hypothesis.

In fact, I did state that I had not dismissed the possibility that man’s influence could be a factor.

I am not sure what he means by the facts are all around us.

If that were so, then surely the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would not be using such phrases as ‘extremely likely’.

Also, we should never lose sight of past extreme climate events, such as the Medieval Warming Period and the Little Ice Age (cumulatively from 950AD to 1860) when one fact was abundantly clear ­— they were not caused by industrial scale emissions of carbon dioxide. ­— COLIN SOUTHGATE, Coddington, via email.

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