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Margaret Thatcher on Climate and Environmental Risks

Margaret_Thatcher_headshotMargaret Thatcher, the late former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is known for many things. But her stance on climate change risks is usually not one of them.

As reported by the BBC news today, Prime Minister Thatcher expressed grave concerns about environmental degradation and climate change in the late 1980s. Though UK policies at the time did not necessarily match the rhetoric, and Thatcher’s public views changed later in life, her speech at the United Nations on November 8, 1989 allegedly had a significant impact on civil society in the UK. Here are excerpts from the speech cited by the BBC’s Roger Harrabin: (more…)

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