Climate change 'biggest challenge'

The possible dangers of climate change overshadow the threats of organised crime, drugs and terrorism.

At least that is the view of Chris Patten, current chancellor of Oxford University and former European commissioner and governor of Hong Kong, who said that dealing with climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today.

His comments came at the Liverpool Summit of business leaders at the BT Convention Centre on Merseyside earlier this week, reports the Liverpool Daily Post.

On the subject of climate change and reducing carbon emissions, Lord Patten said: "We sit there with the headlights approaching hoping maybe there isn't a car behind the headlights."

This is not an approach that has helped the rabbit population, he added, before suggesting it may benefit the human race.

According to a recent report from the Health and Environment Alliance, Climate Action Network Europe and conservation group WWF, some £20 billion a year could be saved on health spending if tougher targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions were set.

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