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Worldly wise

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My attention has been drawn to a brief article referring to collaboration between the presidents of the ICE, Royal Institute of British Architects and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.

This resulted in a call on government for 'more decisive action' on climate change, and the need to work towards a target-based policy framework within which this action would be taken (NCE 14 July).

Such a framework - Contraction & Convergence - has already been formulated by the Global Commons Institute.

It has attracted an amazing degree of support from all over the world, and in this country from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Synod of the Church of England (and the Archbishop of Canterbury), and all but one of the main political parties - to name but a few prominent institutions.

In our book How we can save the planet, published last year, my coauthor and I set down grounds for extreme concern about the failure of government to respond to predictions of the ecological catastrophe in prospect if urgent action is not taken.

Even more evidence than we cited has come to light since.

I would hope that the ICE will intensify its efforts to call government to account on this most pressing of issues.

Dr Mayer Hillman, senior fellow emeritus, Policy Studies Institute, mayer.hillman@blueyonder. co. uk

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