Climate Change; The Burning Question

In 2006 and six the leader of the Tory Party hugged a husky in the now infamous photo-op in the Arctic. He went on to promise “the greenest government ever.” In that respect like deficit destruction he and the coalition have failed dismally to deliver.  Even the normally docile BBC has waved a “Red Card” at the coalition for its lack of action on environmental issues.

This has prompted the Labour Party to issue its own Green Manifesto. But for all the fuss and bluster few of the parties with the honourable exception of the Greens and to some extent the SNP, the manifestos have most of their environment policies rather hidden away in the small print. Little is made of the COP21 meeting due in Paris later this year and even less on the prospect for widespread oil drilling under Gatwick airport and no-one really wants to talk about fracking.

So if you are interested Carbon Brief has published a breakdown of each of the party’s environment policies. You will find it here. It makes for interesting reading.

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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