When is a good time to talk about climate change?

Micah Global

Hurricane Irma proved to be a storm of record-breaking dimensions and power. Communities all along its track from the Caribbean to the southeastern USA are only just beginning to come to terms with the devastation it caused. Satellite images showing Irma as the size of Texas were truly sobering.

But devastation of communities and habitats was not all that Irma left in its wake – an intense public debate immediately started about whether or not we should talk about climate change at times like these.

Some, such as the administrator of the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt felt it was “insensitive”. He has previously made no secret of his own scepticism of the scientific consensus that human activity is inevitably leading to more extreme weather events like Irma. Others, such as the UK’s Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Sir Alan Duncan, rebuked the only elected Member…

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