Now’s a good time to sort out green governance

While the current economic downturn has failed to dampen the politics of climate change, the financial cost of repairing the damage created by the world’s bankers will constrain environmental policy for years to come. The current mechanics of government do not deliver much hope that it can overcome this.

There has been much media speculation over whether - along with jobs, mortgages and over-inflated bonuses - the economic crisis has also killed green. However, there was no sign of this in the outrage over the government’s decision to go ahead with a third runway at Heathrow. The economic stimulus package proposed by US president Barack Obama is distinctly green in colour. In the UK, the rather pale green tint to Gordon Brown’s stimulus packag

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