Are rising bills at the supermarket checkout turning out to be the first tangible impact of climate change on the daily lives of all Britons? It very much seems so.
The damage wreaked by the dismal summer of 2012 on UK harvests was revealed on Monday and will push food prices up. In these austere times, with food banks feeding the hungry, that is going to hurt.
There are two lessons to be learned. First, the UK is not going to gradually warm into a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with sunny resorts on the coast supplied by burgeoning English vineyards. The heating of the climate system leads to greater extremes in weather and greater damage. Second, with much of our food imported from around the world, the totals we tot up at the tills is at the mercy of global warming’s impact on the whole globe.
Sigh. If we import much of our food then it doesn’t particularly matter what the climate is in England then, does it?
As to global warming’s impact on the whole world. Well, the grain belt will move north, opening up vast areas of Russian and Canadian prairies. Increased CO2 in the atmosphere will increase plant growth. Anything else you want to add?