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#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Simon Krawczyk/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland, above, was among the protesters who sought to dissuade President Andrzej Duda from signing new laws that would give the governing party more control over the courts. [The New York Times] • The approval ratings of President Emmanuel Macron of France plunged 10 percentage points this month to 54 percent, the largest postelection drop for a French president since 1995. [Deutsche Welle] Continue reading the main story • Israel’s security cabinet headed to an emergency session after a weekend of bloodshed that was set off by new metal detectors at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. [The New York Times] • Britain and the United States are beginning to sketch out the details of a post-“Brexit” trade deal. [BBC] • In Congo, President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down in December has set off a political and economic crisis that may turn violent. [The New York Times] • An explosion in Kabul on Monday killed dozens of people, a day after Taliban insurgents seized two districts elsewhere in Afghanistan. [The New York Times] Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life […]

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Britain’s new leader just replaced the climate department with a business department

Come what May

Britain’s new leader just replaced the climate department with a business department

By on Jul 14, 2016Share

After the Brexit vote, climate hawks voiced concern that a new British government could be less aggressive in fighting climate change. Looks like they may have been right: New British Prime Minister Theresa May hasn’t even unpacked her bags at 10 Downing Street and she’s already got green groups very worried.

May announced Thursday that she would axe the Department for Energy and Climate Change and replace it with the newly formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Climate experts and politicians called the move “plain stupid,” “terrible,” and “beyond daft.”

“The decision to shut down DECC is a deeply worrying move from Theresa May,” said Green Party Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas. “Climate change is the biggest challenge we face, and it must not be an afterthought for the Government.”

Also troubling, May appointed Andrea Leadsom as the new environment secretary, a woman who has regularly opposed climate action. One of the first questions Leadsom asked officials when she became energy minister last year was, “Is climate change real?” Leadsom also supported selling off British forests in 2011, a thwarted proposal that proved to be deeply unpopular with British citizens.

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Post-Brexit, U.K. favorite for prime minister is Trump-Lite on climate change

Mojo BoJo

Post-Brexit, U.K. favorite for prime minister is Trump-Lite on climate change

By on Jun 24, 2016Share

The British Bulldog. The Iron Lady. BoJo?

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson might not fit the grand tradition of British prime ministers. (He once compared his chances of becoming PM to being blinded by a champagne cork.) But Johnson is poised to lead the Conservative Party — and thus the country — in a post-Brexit world. Even sillier than his nickname is that this otherwise sharp politician is a climate waffler in the Donald Trump vein. His waffling just sounds a lot smarter.

The widely-regarded frontman of the successful Vote Leave campaign, Johnson is a favorite to take the nation’s helm in October when current Prime Minister David Cameron steps down in the wake of Thursday’s vote. And since the next U.K. general election isn’t until 2020, he’ll likely be sticking around for awhile.

Environmentalists had expressed deep concern with the thought of the U.K. leaving the EU, often citing the tendency of the “Leave” camp to deny climate science. BoJo himself has climate views that have been described as “an embarrassment to London’s scientists.” His closest climate consultant is Piers Corbyn, a fierce proponent of global cooling (apparently a thing that people still research). Johnson previously suggested Britain was witnessing the onset of a mini-ice age.

Yet the former mayor is also a previous deputy chair of the C40 Climate Leadership Group, and he recently declared that it is “vitally important that world cities unite and work together to mitigate climate change.” As the Brits would say, what in blazes is going on?

Just as Donald Trump signed a public letter urging climate action back in 2009, Johnson appears to adjust his language as a function of political convenience. It’s hard to know what he truly believes.

The real problem then is that, unlike Trump, Johnson is usually level-headed and articulate — which makes his equivocation on climate seem a bit more sinister. In a December column for the Telegraph, he wrote: “We ordinary human beings are not so rational; we are no different from all earlier cultures in that we have to put ourselves in the story, and to attribute this or that individual weather event to our own behaviour or moral failures. Think of Agamemnon at Aulis, unable to get the wind he needed to sail for Troy.”

This is an intelligent person saying intelligent-sounding things. But they’re intelligent-sounding things that imply it’s a mistake to assign humans responsibility for a changing climate. He’s singing the skeptic’s song to the tune of “God Save the Queen.”

Our advice with Johnson in charge (even temporarily): Watch out for flying corks.


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