It is irrefutable that the world’s temperature is rising dramatically and the issue of global warming cannot be ignored. World leaders will reconvene at the upcoming Marrakech Summit to discuss the ratification of the Paris Accord. Important questions will be raised regarding whether governments actually followed up on individual pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as moving towards making greater strides in tackling global warming. Whilst twenty-seven nations including the USA, Brazil and China have formally backed the plan, the UK has not yet committed to the Paris Accord. To come into force, the agreement needs the backing of 55 nations.
The UK’s lack of participation is of concern, with a risk of losing influence in the matter if they fail to commit soon. The country must recognise the urgency of the issue, which is one of local importance rather than an undefined global problem. Britain’s weather has been warmer and wetter since 2000. Since the millennium, the nation has experienced eight of its warmest summers and six of its wettest years to date. As the Arctic Cap melts, with a steady downward trend over the past 30 years, the UK faces the greater threat of flooding. Monthly rain falls in winter are expected to be 30% higher than recent past extremes.
The British Government has shown poor commitment to improving the infrastructure, pledging only £12 million in extra cash for anti-flooding. This amount is insufficient in combatting the impact of climate change and is reflective of the UK’s nonchalant attitude towards the imminent matter. The Government needs to assure both the public and the world that it is conscious and working against the risks of global warming, committing itself fully to the issue.