As we enter a new year, Andy Blowers muses on the massive challenge of climate change that lies ahead, globally and locally, in the column for Regional Life, January 2020. In East Anglia, we are increasingly aware of record heatwaves, milder and wetter winters, retreating coastlines and loss of precious habitats and declining and disappearing species. To an extent, these may be tackled by adaptive measures such as managed retreat of the coastline or hard defences. Even then, land loss and inundation will be unavoidable. The idea of a massive nuclear power station at Bradwell on a site threatened by the impacts of climate change seems foolish in the extreme. Far better to go for cheaper, less risky and easily deployable renewable options. Concerted action worldwide and locally, by governments, businesses and individuals, is needed now if we are to reduce carbon emissions to net zero and avert catastrophe. That was a clear message from the General Election. Now we must get on with it.
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