Today sees another report confirming a rise in global mean surface temperatures. It is yet another report completely unable to disprove the impact that humans are having on that temperature rise (natural fluctuations accepted). Yet our government dithers. Worse, the recent speech by George Osborne, addressing the Tory faithful, and the subsequent about face by his junior energy ministers, shows that not only are elements of this Coalition Government beginning to see the need to take action as being too expense, many are now openly hostile to any action on climate change and the requisite planned transition to a low carbon economy that must follow. Ideology trumping evidence once more.
There have already been forests of news print and millions of words written and spoken about the UK fiscal deficit, and no doubt they’ll be yet more in the coming days, weeks and months as people pour over the fine detail of the cuts announced by George Osborne and they begin to take effect. But who is talking about the resource deficit the planet currently faces and what we need to do about it?