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.
For environmentalist December is becoming one of the busiest months of year. Add to the annual meeting of EU Fisheries Ministers – and their annual spat about quotas – the now annual meeting of the parties as part of the UN’s climate change framework; the UNFCCC. This year is took place in Cancun, Mexico and right at the very end the Mexican government seemed to pull a deal out from the teethe of utter defeat. But what sort of deal? And can anyone claim success?