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Climate change - Global Threat: Business Challenge

In every respect Climate Change is awesome in the true meaning of that word. That is to say frightening to a great degree. It is terrifying because of the consequences it has for the way of life of some countries in our generation and many more countries in later generations.

Chaque mois, la CCFGB publie dans son magazine INFO un dossier thématique pour aborder un sujet d'actualité.

Dans le numéro de janvier 2010, pour faire écho au sommet de Copenhague, INFO aborde le thème du changement climatique. _____________________________________________________________________

Copenhagen: Time to hold politicians to account

In every respect Climate Change is awesome in the true meaning of that word. That is to say frightening to a great degree. It is terrifying because of the consequences it has for the way of life of some countries in our generation and many more countries in later generations. It is also frightening because its consequences and remedies still remain unknown, to a large degree.

The remedies to mitigate the impact of climate change or indeed prevent its occurrence altogether are no less frightening that its effects on our environment. The global spend on clean technology investment of some $25 billion per quarter (according to New Energy Finance) is already vast. But it is a fraction of what is needed. Estimates suggest that countries need to spend several percent of their annual gross domestic product on environmental technology and products to reach the conservative 2 degree reduction in temperature increase by 2050.

And what of the response? Well the outcome of Copenhagen was deeply disappointing. While we must admit that the hyperbole in advance of the Summit placed excessive pressure on global leaders, what was ultimately agreed confirmed the view of the sceptics. Discussions mirrored negotiations based on narrow power politics. Wrangles between the developing world (in particular China) and the West on environmental expenditure consumed the negotiators. They could have been haggling over trade subsidies or a claim on a disputed territory.

And yet, Copenhagen did have some positive results, as we see outlined in the article in our Focus by Professor Paul Ekins. So, let us perhaps forget our disappointment over the technical outcome of Copenhagen. Sure, the nitpicking diplomats and negotiators stalled and vacillated. But Copenhagen Copenhagen: Time to hold politicians to account

inspired some idealists, it brought the topic to the fore for the wider public. They are now better informed to hold their politicians round the world to account. The Focus ahead of you gives an indication of the scale of the topic. We begin with an analysis of the larger policy and economic consequences as perceived by Governments and academics. We proceed to indicate the challenges and threats to the business community posed by Climate Change. We conclude by looking at the implications of environmental disorder for the individual. Here too, we look at individual responsibilities and solutions.

This is a fitting place to conclude, as climate change poses the moral challenge of our age. I N.K.

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Un article issu de INFO Magazine,
january / february 2010
une publication de la Chambre de commerce et d’industrie française en Grande Bretagne

Hannah Meloul, Editorial Assistant, INFO Magazine
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