In a travesty of journalism this week the Scotsman chirpily reported the ‘upside’ of climate change, noting how we’d have fewer deaths, opportunities for tourism, ‘new crops’, and how the ‘melting of the Arctic ice-sheet could result in new trade routes’.
How does that work exactly? “Welcome to Scotland, try mountain biking on what used to be a snow-covered mountain. We know large parts of the world have been rendered uninhabitable, but check-out our new sort of wheat!”
Read the full article here which graced the front page with the headline ‘Climate Change to Benefit Scotland’.
Labour’s Lewis Macdonald writes: “Climate change has made it easier for businesses in Scotland to access areas in Canada and North America for trade. This is very much the silver lining of climate change. But there are opportunities for Scottish enterprise from the changes that we are seeing in terms of these new trade routes.”
It’s difficult to know how to begin to respond to deep-level stupidity of both the Krebs report and the moral vacuum that Lewis Macdonald and the Scotsman ‘Scottish Political Correspondent’ Andrew Whitaker seem to be operating in. Whilst the reality of climate change means that adaptation is a worthwhile subject of investigation, this sort or merry musing on the ‘benefits’ is profoundly depressing. Is it a sign of a complete ignorance of the subject and its dire consequence for generations to come?
To describe runaway climate change in the terms of a business opportunity is an incredible statement for Lord John Krebs the head of a UK govt advisory body on climate change. What does this tell us about UK govt attitudes and where we are as a society in responding to these challenges?