Weather and climate (again)

Once again Britain and Ireland are taking a battering from the Atlantic and so it seems a good time to remind ourselves that some of those who dispute the scientific consensus on climate change were, this autumn, citing the low level of hurricanes on the US East Coast as supporting evidence.

Now, they had played the game of mixing weather up with climate, not something to be encouraged. But I do think we are now entitled to remind them that what goes around, comes around – as the boot is now on the other foot, on this side of the Atlantic at least, with the UK’s Environment Secretary, Owen Pattersonnoted for his eccentric views on climate change – looking rather exposed at the moment.