Weather watch

Fay Marshall (February 7) states there has been a steady increase of global temperatures over recent years and believes the present cold weather and reports of extreme weather conditions are all part of the global warming process.

It was only a month ago that the Met Office issued figures showing that global warming stopped 16 years ago.

Temperatures did rise from 1980 to 1996 before which they had been declining and the slight warming trend since 1997 has been cancelled by recent falls in temperature.

It is only two or three years ago experts were warning us that we were at the tipping point of a disastrous runaway global warming or that we in the UK could look forward to hot dry summers and mild Mediterranean winters, not to mention predictions of “barbecue summers”, etc. – none of which has come to pass.

This is all the more strange when one considers that in the last 40 years the population of the world has doubled, and standards of living have for those people have also increased – and, therefore, the use of emission-causing fossil fuels has grown at an alarming rate.

China has been building an average of three new power stations a week with India also following suit.

In 1970, it is estimated that there were only 70million vehicles in the world on the road rising to over 1billion in 2011.

With this exponential rise in global emissions that this represents over this period of time we would expect, as the experts have warned, that there would be significant global warming, but in reality it does not appear to be taking place. Could it be that the climate system is far more resilient and able to absorb whatever we produce and maintain a balance?

It is difficult to see how recent extreme weather events can be as a result of global warming that is not taking place – and there is plenty of past evidence that the world has suffered a multitude of extreme weather events in historical and geological times.

Perhaps there are other causes for these events?

Meanwhile we spend billions of pounds and cripple our economy, trying to prevent something which does not appear to be happening.

I fear that our forests of wind power generators will become landmarks of our folly for future generations.

David Chapman

Wiston Avenue

Worthing