Act on climate change
THE vanishing of an Icelandic glacier is a stark demonstration of the consequences of climate change. Our Environment Editor John Ingham visited the mountain where a river of ice that once covered four square miles has simply melted away.
The “Ok” glacier is the first in Iceland to be pronounced dead and the rest could go in the next 150 years. Such profound change at so fast a rate must not be ignored. The polar regions are warming at nearly three times the world average; we ignore this at our peril. Boris Johnson wants the upcoming COP26 climate talks in Glasgow to deliver a deal that would be a landmark of his premiership.
We hope that action will be secured to prevent catastrophic climate change and the extreme weather, desertification and mass refugee movements which would follow.
Today’s leaders have a shot at preventing disasters which could define the lives of our grandchildren. They must not duck this challenge.