SA’s troubles are only a tree falling in the burning Amazon

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SA’s troubles are only a tree falling in the burning Amazon

State capture and its consequences are small fry in comparison to what's happening to our planet

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As the smoke from the Amazon’s 72,000th fire this year drifts gently towards us across the Atlantic, perhaps it is time to bite the bullet and say something fairly controversial: I’m starting to doubt if cynical, science-proof, fact-resistant politicians are the right people to tackle the climate crisis.

I know, I know. Only 97% of scientists agree that humans are changing the climate. There is still that 3% that could blow the whole thing wide open. After all, that 97% (we are regularly told by the right) is not nearly as convincing a majority as the 51.9% of Britons who voted in favour of Brexit – a result proclaimed as so convincing as to be permanently beyond dispute.

But still, are you also starting to have nagging doubts that, say, burning down the Amazon to open it up for loggers and ranchers might not be an entirely good thing?..

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