Pandemic’s a ‘gentle breeze’ compared to the ‘hurricane’ of global heating…

Barrie Farnsworth talks to the Derbyshire professor who is certainly making a point with his new novel Skyseed, a ‘climate-fiction thriller’.

ONE of the world’s leading experts on climate change – Professor Bill McGuire (pictured top right) of Brassington — has this to say about the pandemic: “The impact of Covid19 on society and economy is a gentle breeze compared to the hurricane that global heating and ensuing climate breakdown will ultimately bring.” Now an established writer and broadcaster too, it’s not surprising, therefore, that he has dedicated his new novel Skyseed to his sons Fraser (16) and Jake (11) and all of their generation thus: “May they never reap the whirlwind of our inaction and incompetence.” It’s because, for the last two decades at least, he has been warning that the UK, and most other countries around the world, have not been doing nearly enough to cut CO2 emissions. That means, he believes, that the lives of his children’s generation are sadly going to be “far worse than ours” because of global heating…

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