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UK climate change spending under threat

UK climate change spending under threat

The annual spending for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which aims to prepare Britain for floods, droughts and heatwaves, has fallen from £29.1m in 2012-13 to £17.2m in 2013-14, while the number of staff working on the issue was cut from 38 to 6 in May 2013.

Critics and climate change experts unanimously blame Owen Paterson for the cuts; conservative politician and an outspoken climate change sceptic serving as the Environment Secretary has overseen an almost 41% drop in climate change apprehension fund since replacing Caroline Spelman in 2012.

Paterson is known for controversial statements on the subject of global warming, for example claiming that its effects could be positive by reducing winter deaths and extending growing seasons.

Figures regarding drops in spending come at a critical time for Britain, given previous research which has demonstrated that heavy floods in England were increasingly due to radical climate change, while spending on flood defences has fallen on average by 15% under the Coalition government.

The Guardian Article

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