Fyson on... the global threat that politicians sadly downplay

The build-up of evidence that global warming is the most critical issue facing mankind continues, but its impact on next week's general election remains minimal. The latest revelations of glacier shrinkage in Antarctica cut little ice with voters or their would-be representatives, even though, coincidentally, the time frame recently highlighted in the frozen south is a mere five years - the life of a parliament. The old excuse that environmental issues are too long-term to intrude into the vote-grabbing squabbles of an election campaign is out of date, but as yet only the prophets of doom have cottoned on.

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