Just read this interesting Economist article on the effects of greenhouse gases and global warming and what it might or might not do to the planet. It describes so many drastically different scenarios - from the apocalyptic to the nothing-to-see-here - arrived at by different and respected climate scientists, that it looks like mankind basically doesn't have a damned clue what's going to happen. The root of this problem seems to be the incredible complexity and planetary scale of climate modelling rather than any form of human corruption. No wonder many people are skeptical about the whole thing and see this more as scaremongering to give governments the excuse to foist unfair and restrictive austerity policies on their citizens, all the while extracting more money from them in one way or another in the name of saving the planet. Given the above paragragh, you might think that I'm a climate change denier. I'm not. I've certainly seen it change in my lifetime and new extreme and damaging weather records are being set all the time, so it's quite real all right despite the temperature reaching a plateau over the last couple of decades or so. It just looks to me like all this is being widely abused by our esteemed effing politicians to foist all this so-called "green" policy crap on us, whether it's genuinely needed or not, in order to promote their public profile and hence stay in power longer and earn more money. Read the article at The Economist and decide for yourselves.