Resistance to antibiotics is biggest global threat

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Forty thousand fools and charlatans met in Paris recently to exaggerate the degree of climate change and continue the global-warming catastrophe scam. Had these people been alive to genuine global risks, they would have instead been discussing the growth in multiantibiotic resistance in bacteria. They would have considered the discovery in China of a bacterium resistant to the last-resort antibiotic Colistin.

A world without effective antibiotics does not bear thinking about. Routine surgery would become life threatening. A great many operations that greatly improve the quality of patients’ lives – for example hip replacements – would not be carried out.

How many of our children grow to adulthood without once being treated with antibiotics? Without those medicines, how many of them might have died of currently curable infections?

When one species of bacterium has achieved resistance to a particular antibiotic, the resistance soon spreads by horizontal gene transfer to other species; it also spreads internationally.

Here in Britain, we have both major pharmaceutical companies and world class research departments in many universities including our own Edinburgh University. It is time that we removed public funding from climate change related studies and invested it instead in anti-bacterial research.

Otto Inglis, Inveralmond Grove, Edinburgh

The people of Leith don’t want tram line

The real people of Leith don’t want trams there, and we will show the City of Edinburgh Council that we won’t put up with it. Four to six years of more misery, we don’t want. We’ve had enough!

Please all look at the bigger picture. The trams were meant to be this new eco-friendly transport – but are they really? All the traffic in town is at a stand still, waiting on a tram passing with six people on it during the day! All those other exhausts filling the air with fumes while they wait.

LRT is now looking at eco-friendly electric buses. The council, if it was smart enough, would bring in a transport committee made up of environmentalists and professional drivers to help run our city to the best for the people and visitors.

One last thing. Talking about our visitors, with all the bad weather we get here, welcome to Edinburgh Waverley station, dear guests, and please make your own way out of the only station that’s down a hole, that you have to find your own way out! Into the pouring rain and wind. What a great welcome, Waverley!

Roy Reynolds, Easter Hermitage, Edinburgh

Solar panels not only green energy source

You report that Lang Banks of WWF claims that (PV) solar panels are helping to prevent thousands of tonnes of climate-changing emissions being emitted every year (“Sunny side up as Scotland’s solar power capacity rises”, News, December 30).

That claim is an assumption and not one well founded. No-one can tell where electricity comes from. For all Mr Banks knows, the electricity saved came from emission-free nuclear power stations or renewable energy generation.

In any case, if the total PV capacity now stands at 179 MW, that is only 2.5 per cent of Scotland’s total generation capacity.

Steuart Campbell, DipArch, BA, Dovecot Loan, Edinburgh

Overcrowded trains put lives at risk

Further to the letter about overcrowding on trains, News, December 30, I thought it would be a good idea to take my granddaughter, who is just over three years old, on the train from Newcraighall to Waverley on Tuesday, December 29, for a visit to Princes Street to see the Christmas fun fairs.

We waited for the train, due at 14.13. A two-carriage train arrived 12 minutes late. Very crowded, standing room only.

We met up with my wife and the three of us enjoyed our time at the fair. We made our way back to Waverley for the 16.24 train to Newcraighall. We were at the train by 16.15.

It was a two-carriage train going all the way to Tweedbank, absolutely full.

We got on the second carriage and there must have been at least twenty people standing in the vestibule area.

Then the guard came to the door and asked us all to move further inside. I asked her where we were meant to move to as it was full inside the carriage as well. She just kept letting people squeeze on.

At that point we made the decision to get off and get a taxi to Newcraighall and collect the car.

As we made our way back up from the platform the ticket collector asked me where we were going. I told him I was not prepared to risk our lives jam packed on that train.

ScotRail should take a serious look at itself regarding this situation. If a fire or, God forbid, a derailment happens then a lot of people could be seriously hurt.

Derek Scott, Musselburgh

Where is Capital’s large music venue?

Can anyone please explain how Glasgow can build the SSEC, the Armadillo, the Hydro and the Royal Concert Hall and Edinburgh can’t build one large music venue?

Jim Barrow, Leith Walk

Praise for posties

I wonder if any of us spares a thought for our postmen and women who have to brave the elements daily to deliver our mail.

They do a grand job and deserve much praise for their dedication.

Mrs June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh, East Lothian