100 million pounds: that is very heavy

Proof, if any were needed, that I am still in the wrong profession.

From New Scientist:

Once again the focus (at the Bangkok climate talks) will be on mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Yet for many poor communities in poor countries, mitigation is not the most pressing issue. Climate change is already having an impact on these communities, and what they now need is ways to adapt to it.

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) announced last month that it will spend £100 million on research in developing countries “into the impacts of climate change on the poorest and most vulnerable people and helping communities, governments and the private sector take action to help prepare for these impacts.”

Imagine that. 100 million pounds, merely to look into something and decide how much more should be spent on the problem actually discovered during the research.

100 million pounds. Heck, I could live on that for weeks!

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