This seems — I dunno, just spitballing here — notable:
There's a lack of scientific data to support the view that the world is currently experiencing a climate crisis, according to a study published by four Italian scientists.
The study assessed time series and crisis indicators — such as natural disasters, heat waves, and crop yields — ultimately concluding that observations to date show "no clear positive trends of extreme events."
"In conclusion on the basis of observational data, the climate crisis that, according to many sources, we are experiencing today, is not evident yet," said the authors — physicist Gianluca Alimonti, professor of agrometeorology Luigi Mariani, atmospheric physicist Franco Prodi, and physicist Renato Angelo Ricci.
God bless those Italians!
I mean, look, whatever the state of the climate, any rational person can tell that the costs of rolling back fossil fuel and replacing it with more inefficient forms of energy would vastly, vastly outweigh whatever negative externalities we're currently experiencing, if any.
As the scientists note, we absolutely "should work to minimize our impact on the planet and to minimize air and water pollution." Those are good things to pursue. But:
Fearing a climate emergency without this being supported by data, means altering the framework of priorities with negative effects that could prove deleterious to our ability to face the challenges of the future, squandering natural and human resources in an economically difficult context[.]
Translation: Everybody just calm down and approach the environment rationally, without hysteria.
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