The publication of Nick Mabey’s climate security report makes front page news in the Daily Telegraph.
Environment editor Charles Clover focuses on the threat to international security that could stem from runaway climate change. The article is titled Climate shift ‘may put world at war’, and the introduction focuses on the nub of the problem:
Climate change could cause global conflicts as large as the two world wars but lasting for centuries unless the problem is controlled, a leading defence think tank has warned.”
Clover goes on to highlight that:
the world’s response to the threats posed by climate change, such as rising sea levels and migration, had so far been “slow and inadequate,” because nations had failed to prepare for the worst-case scenario.”
He then quotes Nick directly:
“We’re preparing for a car bomb, not for 9/11,” said Nick Mabey, author of the report
Mr Mabey, a former senior member of the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit who is now chief executive of the environmental group E3G, said leading economies should be preparing for what would happen if climate change turned out to be running at the top of the temperature range scientists are predicting.
He noted that investment in energy research is ten times less than the £10 billion a year (at 2002 prices) spent on the Apollo shuttle programme