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Title: Cameron links typhoon Haiyan to climate change

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  • Cameron links typhoon Haiyan to climate change

  • There is growing evidence that climate change is
    causing more extreme weather disasters such as
    the Philippines typhoon, David Cameron said.
  • In remarks likely to infuriate the green sceptics
    in his party, the prime minister gave his first
    acknowledgement that global warming may be linked
    to increasingly intense storms across the world.
  • The remarks are Cameron's strongest defence of
    climate change science for a while, after
    repeated accusations that he has retreated from
    his pre-election pledge to run the greenest
    government ever.

  • Despite urging people to "vote blue, go green" in
    2010, he has not given a full speech on the issue
    nor attended a UN environment summit since
    becoming prime minister.
  • Under pressure from many backbenchers, he has
    tightened planning controls on windfarms and
    pledged to "roll back" green subsidies on bills,
    leading to fears of dwindling support for the
    renewables industry.
  • However, Cameron spoke out on the need to tackle
    global warming at the Commonwealth summit in
    Colombo, Sri Lanka, after typhoon Haiyan killed
    at least 4,000 people and caused devastation
    across the Philippines.
  • Asked on Fridaywhether climate change was linked
    to the Philippines disaster, Cameron said "I'll
    leave the scientists to speak for themselves
    about the link between severe weather events and
    climate change. But the evidence seems to me to
    be growing. As a practical politician, I think
    the sensible thing is to say let's take
    preventative and mitigating steps given the
    chances this might be the case."

  • He added "Scientists are giving us a very
    certain message. Even if you're less certain than
    the scientists, it makes sense to act both in
    terms of trying to prevent and mitigate."
  • His comments also coincide with the United
    Nations talks on climate change in Warsaw, which
    has seen Japan slash its commitment to reducing
    CO2 emissions and Australia fail to send a
    minister to the conference for the first time in
    16 years.