How the politics of 'climate avoidance’ is pushing us all over the environmental cliff
The scale of the climate disaster coming our way really should be impossible to ignore.
The European Union last month recorded its hottest ever June on record, while US researchers suggest that the world recorded its hottest ever days not once, but three times, in the past week alone.
It is already having a visible effect. Last month huge wildfires turned vast swathes of North American skies into an apocalyptic orange, while recent studies demonstrate that much of the extreme rain and floods increasingly pictured around the world is directly linked to rising temperatures.
Yet if you listen to the political debate about climate change and the environment here in the UK, you might assume that all of this is somehow a figment of our imagination.
A good example of this came when Keir Starmer announced his ‘fifth mission’ for Government this week.