Sunday, 8 July 2018

Heatwave: Climate change is a greater threat to the UK than EU directives, terrorism or a foreign power invading

Source: "This heatwave is just the start. Britain has to adapt to climate change, fast", The Guardian, 6th July by Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis reported, "Water, housing, farming … almost every aspect of public life needs to change. Why isn’t this top of the political agenda? -  (...) This coming new reality is not high on the political agenda. Climate change is a greater threat to the UK than EU directives, terrorism or a foreign power invading. Yet the scope of our political discussion on future threats is limited to Brexit and spending on defence. Instead of this blinkered view where the future is the same as the past, we need to step out of the intense heat and take a cool look at what we are doing to our home planet. The development of farming and rise of civilisations occurred within a 10,000-year window of unusually stable environmental conditions. Those stable interglacial conditions are over. Human actions are driving Earth to a hot new super-interglacial state. What scientists call the Anthropocene epoch, this unstable time, is a new chapter of history. Today’s heat is a forewarning of far worse to come. To live well in this new world needs political action to catch up with this changing reality. Fast. (...)"

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/06/britain-heatwave-worse-to-come-water-climate-change