As I understand it the links to man's activities are widely accepted in the scientific community now, the real question is whether we have left it too late to make any real impact on the problem?
Whilst I respect that viewpoint Jas, I don't see it as clear cut having put literally hundreds of hours into research as much for my profession as out of intrest. Yes, there are studies which provide some factual and some theoretical, even philosophical argument "for" but my own work (and I am trying to stay objective and open minded) suggests that there is an equal amount of work suggesting the opposite, with things like the increase n water vapour in the atmosphere (the largest contributor to warming) largely ignored or explained away as caused by effects of CO2 rising when many facts simply dispute this.
I'm less interested in the argument than in meeting the challenges of change, as I do believe that nothing man-kind thinks he can do will actually have a dramatic impact on the current patterns, and certainly not short to medium term.
People forget, this island (and many like it) were once sub-tropical and covered in water, then came the ice age, then came the temperate climate, then in late middle ages was the mini-ice age or at least a period of intensely cold and long winters, and then it warmed up. Cycles do occur and we do not truly understand what the root cause is, only what contributes. Yes, we can minimise with effort our own contributions but this is unlikely to prevent change occurring, so time and effort should not be wasted on arguing about cause but preparing for effect.
The EA and local councils already have sufficient powers to vito planning applications by the way, its just that developers have a habit of taking them to judicial review where politicians and government inspectors overturn statute or advice they themselves signed up to! They are unequivocally a bunch of douchebags, the whole bleedin nest feathering lot of them.