Pine Island is a spot in the frozen continent where ice constantly moves from the interior of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to the open ocean and dumps about 19 cubic miles of ice into the sea every year!
Although some scientists have announced that this ‘calving process’ appears to be speeding up and fear it will add to rising sea levels, other well respected glaciologists have said, that this “event” was just one of many and reiterated and cautioned that just blaming ‘climate change’ may not be the contributing driving factor.
For instance, in July 2015, another huge iceberg broke away that was 10 times bigger than the current one, stretching to a size of 225 square miles
If the writer had a little more perspicacity, and bothered to indulge in a little research he would have known that!... or maybe he did, but the facts didn't suit his agenda.
He also heaped praise on our young people who protest about ‘climate change’ as part of The Global Strike 4 Climate movement and Extinction Rebellion protesters, and said ‘it was great to see!’ He went on to talk about the scourge of plastic and pollution in general, adding on his visits to very young pupils in Dukinfield schools, that lots of young people care about the environment. However, john, it’s not only the youngsters who share their concern, but older people too.
If he really wants to know about general littering and pollution in and around Tameside, may I suggest that he stands outside the gates of our secondary schools, as they pour out after a stressful day and see the litter, plastic bottles, fag ends and other detritus they litter the streets with.
We’ve all heard the mantra how Tameside council takes the public's concerns about litter very seriously, now if that truly is the councils stance, and wish to step-up to really drive home their message, why not try a much harder hitting system by initiating a hard-line crackdown of issuing fixed penalty notices to these juvenile litter louts of say £75.00 ( with the usual offer that the fine will be reduced to £40.00, if paid within 10 days.
The fine together with an accompanying letter, should be issued to the culprit to give to their parents, explaining why and where the offence was committed.
This scheme, would also add extra funding to the council coffers or, better still, given back to the secondary schools, to help their funding.
However, as I expect that should this idea is actually offered up for scrutiny at the next council committee meeting, it would more than likely be discussed by the same group of people who individually can do nothing, but as a group decide that nothing can be done!
I await Cllr Taylor’s reply.