Prime Minister Launches Climate Change Summit

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has launched the UN Climate Change Summit at an event in central London. David Attenborough, the broadcaster and naturalist, is also attending as politicians look at ways to tackle climate change.

The Prime Minister said in a statement:

“There can be no greater responsibility than protecting our planet, and no mission that a Global Britain is prouder to serve. 2020 must be the year we turn the tide on global warming– it will be the year when we choose a cleaner, greener future for all.”

BBC Criticised Over Nigel Lawson Interview

Lord Lawson, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in the 1980s, has been criticised for an interview on climate change on the BBC. Lawson claimed that global temperatures had fallen over the last decade, but a number of scientists have said that temperatures have actually risen.

Referring to Al Gore, Lawson said during the interview:

“[Al Gore says that] there had been a growing increase, which had been continuing, in the extreme weather events. There hasn’t been. All the experts say there haven’t been. The IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is sort of the voice of the consensus, concedes that there has been no increase in extreme weather events. Extreme weather events have always happened. They come and go”.

A spokesman for the BBC said:

“We have a duty to inform listeners about all sides of a debate”.

Professor Brian Cox said about the debate on climate change and Lawson’s false claims:

“It is irresponsible and highly misleading to give the impression that there is a meaningful debate about the science”.

Carbonbrief issued a statement fact checking the comments made by Nigel Lawson, finding several of his key points to be factually incorrect.

Prime Minister Makes Speech on Climate Change

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has made a speech on climate change during the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris. The conference has been organised by the United Nations to help discuss what measures countries needed to take to limit the effects of climate change on the environment.

The Prime Minister repeated that action needed to be taken to avoid climate change and said that:

“What I’m saying is that instead of making excuses tomorrow to our children and grandchildren, we should be taking action against climate change today”.

Speaking at a rally held in London in advance of the conference, Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said:

“The issues facing the world in Paris this week are pollution, climate change, inequality, environmental refugees, war refugees and resources wars”.

The full text of David Cameron’s speech is available here.