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Colm McCarthy: 'Our world will all pay a high price for collective failures on climate change'

The evidence about climate change is clear - but the world is still not doing enough to prevent it, writes Colm McCarthy

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'The forecasts have become reality and the increased frequency of severe weather events will get worse.' Stock image

'The forecasts have become reality and the increased frequency of severe weather events will get worse.' Stock image

'The forecasts have become reality and the increased frequency of severe weather events will get worse.' Stock image

If you forecast a preventable disaster, identify evasive action but fail to implement it, the unpleasant outcome ceases to be a forecast and becomes your current reality.

And so it has been with climate change. The warnings of scientists 30 or 40 years ago could be dismissed, and they were, as alarmist. The forecasts might be wrong and anyway, there was plenty of time to take preventive measures.


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