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Fri Jun 26, 2020, 10:00 AM

Report - Johnson's UK Government "Woefully Unaware Of And Ill-Prepared" For Climate Breakdown

A major report into the UK’s preparedness for the impacts of the global environmental crisis has warned the government is “woefully unaware of and ill-prepared for” the imminent existential threats posed by climate breakdown and the destruction of nature.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) conducted a year-long investigation into environmental breakdown and concluded the country is “acutely vulnerable” to the enormous effects this poses and is not ready for what it described as the “policy challenge” required.


The IPPR has called for a royal commission – a major public inquiry – into the UK’s preparedness for natural crises, after the coronavirus pandemic exposed our “fragility” when it comes to major threats. The report warned the rapidly accelerating process of environmental breakdown the planet is already witnessing “will leave no area of human society untouched” and said potential global consequences include persistent financial instability, food crises and conflict.

These and other impacts amount to persistent destabilisation on a global scale, the IPPR said, urging policymakers around the world to “wake up” to this “new domain of risk” of unprecedented complexity and severity.



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