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Can Boris Johnson be trusted to act on the climate crisis?

(The Guardian, 7 Feb 2020) He has a history of ‘not getting’ global heating but his desire for Britain to be a world leader could be the planet’s hope

Will Boris Johnson please listen to his own father, rather than Jeremy Corbyn’s climate sceptic brother, on the subject of climate change? It may go against the prime minister’s instincts, but it is the best hope for Britain to live up to its responsibilities in a crucial year for our species.

Johnson cannot do this on his own. That much was clear this week during the shambolic London launch of the COP 26 UN climate summit, which will take place in Glasgow in November. This will be the most important international conference in five years and as host the UK will play a leading role in deciding whether it ends in success or failure.

The event was overshadowed by the sacking of the UK’s COP 26 president Claire O’Neill, who responded with a scathing takedown of a premier who she described as “not getting” climate change, failing to devote sufficient resources to summit preparations, and being fundamentally untrustworthy.

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The Guardian, 7 Feb 2020: Can Boris Johnson be trusted to act on the climate crisis?