By Steve BoweryThe economic and political impact of climate change is becoming ever more evident and increasingly apparent, and yet the political will to act is weak.
It has been almost three years since the Paris Agreement was signed, which set out a global climate change strategy.
That’s a lot of work, but a huge achievement.
We’re still only halfway through the process, and it is only now that the full impact of the Paris deal is being felt.
The UK and other signatories are being asked to work together on the UK’s Climate Change Act.
They must work together, with the Government and the EU, to tackle the problem of climate destruction in the UK.
The Government must also tackle the UK-wide emissions from the energy sector, and ensure the right policies are in place to tackle those emissions.
And then, there are the issues that have been overlooked in the policy discussions and are causing real problems for the UK economy, such as the need to invest in infrastructure and skills and make the most of the opportunities to do so.
All of these issues have been highlighted by the report of the Expert Panel on Climate Change (EPC).
It is the Government’s job to act on the findings of the report, to ensure we have the best possible policy, and that the UK has the best chance of tackling the climate threat in a sustainable way.
The EPC is chaired by the former chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Committee, Dame Jane Spencer, and Dr Helen Caldicott, an expert in global climate science and co-chair of the Royal Society.
It is chaired for the first time by Lord Oakeshott, former chairman and Chief Executive of the EPC.
The Government has pledged to deliver on its pledges to the ECC, but it will take more than this to deliver the promised climate action.
We must work to ensure that the ELC recommendations are implemented and that this policy is adopted in the months ahead.
The Environment Agency (EA) has said that there is not enough information to justify its £300 million plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2050.
We are being told there is “a significant gap” between what the Government has committed and what the EA says is necessary to achieve the targets.
The EA is being told that there are still “significant gaps”.
We need the Government to get on with its climate policy, to start implementing its plan to cut emissions, and to ensure there is a sustainable transition to a low-carbon economy.
It should also act on what the report calls the “most pressing” and “most urgent” questions that need urgent attention, such an increase in greenhouse gas emission reductions by 30 to 50 per cent below 1990 levels, and a shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
This article first appeared on BBC News at 11:30pm on 19 November.
It is updated every Thursday.