Climate Change Right Here Right Now
The damage wreaked by the dismal summer of 2012 on UK harvests was revealed on Monday and will push food prices up. In these austere times, with food banks feeding the hungry, that is going to hurt.
There are two lessons to be learned. First, the UK is not going to gradually warm into a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with sunny resorts on the coast supplied by burgeoning English vineyards. The heating of the climate system leads to greater extremes in weather and greater damage. Second, with much of our food imported from around the world, the totals we tot up at the tills is at the mercy of global warming's impact on the whole globe.
In 2009, the UK government's chief scientific adviser, Sir John Beddington, warned the world faced a "perfect storm" of food, water and energy problems, due to global warming and the rising world population. The UK has experienced soaring energy bills, droughts and floods, and now crop failures. Beddington predicted his storm would hit in 2030. It may be arriving early and as close to home as your supermarket checkout.
And soaring energy bills because of climate change? How very dare he when it is his favoured solution to his favourite problem that is causing them