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Government sees blue skies ahead–thanks to climate change

Issue No. 2288

Climate change could be good for British businesses, according to Tory environment secretary Caroline Spelman.

We can expect climate change to bring devastating floods to Britain, as well as frequent droughts, heatwaves and water shortages.

This is according to the government’s first Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA).

The report warns businesses and the government that they need to be prepared to “manage” these problems.

But it also highlights some business “opportunities”.

Melting ice-caps could open up profitable new trade routes across the Arctic Ocean. And hotter summers could boost production for British farmers.

That’s little consolation to people whose homes are disappearing under water in Bangladesh, or to subsistence farmers in Africa whose land is turning to desert.

And working class people in Britain won’t benefit from the bumper profits of large farming or shipping corporations.

But we will suffer the effects of floods and droughts.

The CCRA can’t predict what the climate will be like in the future. That will depend on what we do today.

But it tells us a lot about the attitude of our rulers.

Their interest in “managing” climate change—and making a tidy profit from it—comes from their acceptance that they aren’t going to stop it.

To do that we would have to get rid of their rotten system.


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What We Think
Sat 4 Feb 2012, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2288
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