One of Britain’s leading scientists has warned global warming has heightened international tensions and could lead to wars unless the West addresses the gap between rising consumption in wealthier nations and shortages of food and water in the developing world. Professor Sir Ian Boyd said the West’s growing food consumption and the resulting waste was not only contributing to climate change, but also put pressure on countries like Iran and North Korea, which are losing out as a result. The professor stepped down last month after seven years as chief scientific adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He said that the chances of reaching the West’s target of zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the present rate of consumption were negligible, and the outcome was “quite scary”.
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As climate change protestors poured onto the streets of cities across the world this week, one of Britain’s top environmental scientists spoke of his despair over the West’s response to the threat of global warming. Professor Sir Ian Boyd has recently stepped down after seven years as the chief scientific adviser to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Asked what chance the UK has of hitting its self-imposed target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 his answer, bleakly, is: “None.”
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