Climate change is back

Climate is not weather… but it is a sign of how poorly framed the debate on climate change in Britain (and in the US) is, that it ebbs and flows with the weather.

So now climate change is gaining in respectability in Britain after the appalling weather of the last few months and politicians who oppose the scientific consensus are on the back foot (notably UKIP who, despite being presented with what would otherwise be a golden opportunity to kick the Conservatives, are all but silent).

As someone concerned to ensure that we act to minimise the damage from climate change of course I welcome this shift. But the point that weather and climate are not the same should not be forgotten.

Because otherwise when spring comes, as it will. The sceptics will quickly proclaim that the problem is over.

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