In the report, the Government said high-risk issues that needed to be addressed included the damage expected to be caused by flooding [Image: Getty].

So climate change could mean we don’t have enough food and water, a huge risk to our facilities from flooding, and a doubling of heat-related deaths – and the Conservatives didn’t think it was worth mentioning. Now, why is that, do you think?

It isn’t an outright lie – which is lucky for Theresa May because it could have been her third within 24 hours (Trident and Brexit being the two outright falsehoods laid at her door).

But it is a cover-up. Not even ‘fake news’, as we’re all getting used to calling it – because it never even made the news. And the news media failed to notice that it should (with the Independent being the honourable exception). What does that say about them?

Attention has been focused on the way the new Trump administration has been playing fast-and-loose with the facts – wasn’t Sean Spiced-Up asked how anybody could trust anything he says? – at the expense of the facts right here in the UK.

We cannot trust a single word our own government releases as news. How can we criticise the Americans?

The Government has been accused of trying to bury a major report about the potential dangers of global warming to Britain – including the doubling of the deaths during heatwaves, a “significant risk” to supplies of food and the prospect of infrastructure damage from flooding.

The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Report, which by law has to be produced every five years, was published with little fanfare on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) website on 18 January.

But, despite its undoubted importance, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom made no speech and did not issue her own statement, and even the Defra Twitter account was silent. No mainstream media organisation covered the report.

In the report, the Government admitted there were a number of “urgent priorities” that needed to be addressed.

It said it largely agreed with experts’ warnings about the effects of climate change on the UK.

These included two “high-risk” issues: the damage expected to be caused by flooding and coastal erosion; and the effect of rising temperatures on people’s health.

The Government also recognised that climate change “will present significant risks to the availability and supply of food in the UK”, the report said, partly because of extreme weather in some of the world’s main food-growing regions.

The report also said the public water supply could be affected by shortages and that the natural environment could be degraded.

Source: Government ‘tried to bury’ its own alarming report on climate change

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