Motorhomes in the CBD
TO those complaining about large motor homes clogging the Launceston CBD, don't blame the tourists trying to look (and buy) in your CBD.
Blame the bright spark who removed the bus stop in Glen Dhu, just outside the caravan park. Before that, we could leave the motorhome in the park and jump on the bus, a great service.
And you reckon Tasmania is a tourist-friendly state. Whoever made that decision should be sacked.
Bill and Gwen Baldock, Queensland.
Lack of global leadership
I DON'T think there has been a time in history where we have had such a bunch of so-called leaders of nations who are so dishonest, lazy, childish, clown-like and gameshow host narcissists.
They are all owned and told to do absolutely nothing by the very corporations which are destroying our planet with their polluting activities, and this will happen in our lifetime at the rate of change now being seen.
Russell Langfield, Kimberley.
Storm severity and frequency
IN an opinion piece in (The Examiner, December 21) the mayor of Byron Shire, Simon Richardson, is rightly concerned about damage wrought to his community by gale-force winds, heavy rain and king tides.
However, the data, the facts, do not support his claim that "climate change is supercharging our atmosphere and leading to more intense storms and heavy rains" and further that anthropogenic CO2 is the driving cause of this.
The IPCC report of 2014 asserted that (a) globally there was low confidence in the attribution of changes in tropical cyclone activity to human influence; (b) the conclusion in the 2007 IPCC report regarding increasing trends in hydrological droughts since the 1970s was no longer supported; and (c) there was now low confidence regarding trends in the magnitude and frequency of floods on a global scale.
Studies have also shown no trend at all between rising CO2 levels and various storm patterns such as strong to violent tornado frequency in the US from 1950; a tropical wind intensity index based on winds every 6 hours in the tropics since 1972; the frequency of hurricanes hitting the east coast of the US since 1851; and the frequency of hurricanes hitting the east coast of Australia since 1969.
Further, these storm patterns show no significant change over the periods observed.
Increasing storm damage is a function of the rise in populations and infrastructure in coastal areas and not the rise in CO2 levels.
David Houghton, Evandale.
Coronavirus testing process
People should be able to drive or walk up to get tested. Most people don't want to go through the process of booking one in then have to be there at that time. Hundreds more would just pop in as they pass one.