Taking account of climate change in decision-making
News that the UK courts have said the approval for the third runway at Heathrow was unlawful may herald the beginning of acceptance that merely talking about climate change is not enough. The UK was the first country in the world to make a legal commitment to reducing carbon emissions. Until now, it has been hard to detect that this has made any difference to government decisions. Global emissions need to start reducing for the world to avoid catastrophic climate change. Let’s hope it is not too late.
Pace of climate change is ‘scary’
Prof Sir David King, former UK chief scientist, finds the pace of climate change scary. Yet, most of us just act as if business as usual is acceptable. If we don’t change our ways quickly, ‘business as usual’ will not be possible.