Boris Johnson’s promise of more than £11bn to help poorer countries adapt to the climate emergency will be paid for by even deeper cuts to the UK’s other overseas aid projects, The Independent has learned. Failure to provide fresh funding leaves the prime minister’s claim to be leading the world on the environment in tatters ahead of hosting the Cop26 summit in the autumn, campaigners say. It also breaks a United Nations-brokered agreement that the cash must be “new and additional”, they claim, with one likening it to “a bailiff leaving a bunch of flowers”.
Independent 11th July 2021 read more »
If we do not tackle climate change now, it will get so bad that the radicals will take over. Canada’s heatwave should terrify us all – even rich countries face disaster from global warming and in its wake will come the hard-Left. I can’t think of a column more likely to lose me friends, but if I don’t write it I won’t be able to sleep at night, so here goes. The Earth is in trouble and it’s the most important crisis we face; everything else is second order. If we don’t act now, an entire way of life will be destroyed. It’s estimated that around 500 people died during British Columbia’s recent heatwave. In the town of Lytton, nestled in the mountains of western Canada, on the same latitude as London, the temperature hit 49.6C on June 29. That’s hotter than it’s ever been in Miami. The next day, most of the town was incinerated by wildfire. The UK Government is doing a lot of good things, and our emissions are way down, but between Brexit and Covid, the greatest challenge of our time hasn’t been given the prominence it deserves, and it doesn’t help that Blighty, though beset by rising temperatures and flooding, enjoys generally clement weather, persuading some that we can just ride this one out. They’re wrong. When, say, food becomes insecure or millions try to migrate here, you will suddenly be very conscious of what’s going on in Africa and Asia.
Telegraph 11th July 2021 read more »