These are a few snippets taken from the news in recent weeks:
• Oxfam has produced a report, ‘Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices’, which models the impact of droughts, floods and heat waves and which indicates that staple crops might undergo massive price spikes, equivalent to two decades of long-run price rises, because of climate change.
• Barclays Capital, among others, is speculating on food and commodity prices.
• US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney believes that climate change is real, but says that addressing it would be wrong (because that would affect competitiveness with China, where the West quite deliberately gets much of its manufacturing done on the cheap), and so he intends to strip the US Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
• Executives at Barclays have reportedly donated more than $1 million to Mitt Romney’s electoral campaign
Now, I have never been one to subscribe to conspiracy theories but this strikes me as being a rather simple exercise in joining the dots and drawing your own conclusions.