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View from the House: Climate change issue isn’t going away any time soon

PUBLISHED: 15:53 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 17 August 2018

John Cryer, MP for Leyton and Wanstead. Picture: Yakir Zur

John Cryer, MP for Leyton and Wanstead. Picture: Yakir Zur

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The heatwave has finally passed to great relief or immense disappointment, depending on your weather preferences.

England’s unexpected journey to the semi-finals at the World Cup only added to the feel-good factor that accompanied levels of sunshine and temperatures not experienced in Britain for at least twenty-three years.

However, the dry weather also provided a timely reminder that the threat of climate change is not going away.

Scientists warn that a perfect storm of melting ice caps, warming seas, shifting currents and deforestation could create a “hothouse” planet earth.

After a certain point, efforts to reduce CO2 emissions will be futile. The time to act is now.

Among President Trump’s “America First” policies is his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change agreement.

This decision is to be mourned: the USA is the world’s second largest polluter in terms of CO2 emissions.

Without huge strides being made by them, it is hard to see how we can meet the challenge of controlling global temperatures.

Here in the UK, there has been something of a missed opportunity.

With all the sunshine we have had, you might have thought that we would have enjoyed a big increase in the generation of solar energy.

However, the government has allowed new solar installations to reduce by 75pc since 2016.

They have allowed investment in clean energy in general to atrophy- down by 56pc on last year.

Without urgent action, a couple of dry months could be the least of our problems.


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