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Regarding the Dec. 14 editorial, “Glimpse of hope from Durban“: I can understand The Japan Times’ concern for the potential effects of global warming and the role Japan might play in helping mitigate the effects. The problem is, the jury is out on whether humans can really do anything about it.

Although the science is fairly certain that the Earth has been warmer recently, the science is not definite as to whether humans or natural causes — cyclical variations in solar activity or other conditions — are really to blame. As the recently released, second batch of the “Climatgate” emails show, scientists are yet groping for conclusive evidence that human-produced greenhouse gasses are causing the warming. The emails also show that environmental activist scientists are still actively suppressing reports from skeptical scientists whose research shows that solar variation, among other natural causes — not human-produced greenhouse gases — is causing most, if not all, of the current warming trend.

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