Thursday 18 January 2018

We all play our part in pollution

IN RESPONSE to DB Woosnam's praise of 'Mother Nature' for surpassing the contributions that aviation pollution and other harmful man-made gases have on planet earth (Letters, April 19), I would like to point out that volcanic eruptions only account for one per cent of carbon dioxide emissions and the latest one in Iceland is said to be a once in a 200-year occurrence.

Every day there are around 28,000 flights across Europe, all pumping aerosols, solvents, toxins and gases that are seriously disrupting the natural chemistry of the upper atmosphere. Closer to the ground, over a billion cars and trucks spew out mega quantities of harmful gases and toxins that 'Mother Nature' is finding it very hard to deal with.

I would also like to point out that not all of the passengers on these flights are "parasite politicians" on polluting jaunts nor are they totally responsible for the rapid increase in environmental degradation of our planet.

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