Archive for Adaption Sub-Committee
Sources: www.independent.co.uk 12th September 2010
The Coalition Government has announced a change in how Britain is to deal with climate change steering away from preventative measures towards preparing for the inevitable changes in climate. The Conservative Secretary of State for the Environment Caroline Spelman has outlined, through a series of dramatic visual aides, how the UK must adapt to handle such disasters such as floods, increased temperatures and droughts in the future. Measures such as building hospitals and fire stations on higher grounds to escape flood waters and skyscrapers reflecting sunlight are included in the package of ideas that should allow the UK to prevail in a ‘survival of the fittest scenario’. The government’s comments contrast to the stance taken by the Labour Party who believe that ‘tackling a challenge on the scale of climate change requires state intervention and global co-operation, and cannot simply be left to the free market and private business.’ Ms. Spelman’s statement has been supported by the Adaption Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Climate Change Committee.
How the present government hopes to implement these plans though is uncertain as no extra money has been put forward to sponsor them and Ms. Spelman’s department is to experience cuts of around 40%. It is the responsibility of individual companies to protect themselves.