Energy and Climate Change: Fuelling the Future

Energy security and climate security are two issues that will dominate global politics for the foreseeable future. The tragic fate of New Orleans has given us a compelling preview of what a world that fails to provide them might look like. It is time for action to provide fuels that will allow greenhouse gas emissions to be cut, but time is short.

The World Today
Published 1 October 2005 Updated 15 October 2020 4 minute READ

Tom Burke

Hurricane Katrina was not caused by climate change. But climate scientists have long forecast that extreme weather events become more likely in a changing climate. The latest analysis suggests that hurricanes have indeed become more intense in recent decades.

Those of us living in the comfort of the developed world have been given a graphic insight into what a lack of energy and climate security really means. Britain had one foretaste during the fuel price protests. Then we found ourselves living in a country with plentiful supplies of food and no means of getting it to the people who needed it. There was another in the flash floods in the Cornish village of Boscastle last year.

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