Pope Francis is due to issue an “Encyclical” on climate change in June or July this year, ahead of the UN climate talks in December. Will he make history? Some believe that it could influence other faiths, potentially shifting the central focus of the debate from science, technology and economics towards ethical and moral values.
It was with a bit of trepidation that I started to read Jeremy Leggett’s most recent book, The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance (Routledge, 2013). Last time I read one of Leggett’s books – The Carbon Wars – it had such an impact on me that it contributed heavily to my decision to leave a promising job as a financial journalist to pursue a fascinating but less linear career in climate change policy. Continue reading “Book Review – The Energy of Nations”
It was great to see that David Cameron, in his press conference about the floods this week reasserted the government’s commitment on climate change. But the press seems to have such a short memory.
Just compare his timid words: “..whatever your view about climate change, it makes sense to mitigate it and act to deal with that weather” with they way he talked in 2006 as leader of the opposition. Continue reading “David Cameron, then and now”