Britain Cuts Climate Change Diplomatic Staff by 25%

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Guardian is upset that the British Government foreign minister Boris Johnson has cut the number of staff tasked with negotiating international acceptance of global climate treaties and initiatives.

Foreign Office climate staff cut by 25% under Boris Johnson

Damian Carrington

Environment editor

Exclusive: The prime minister says the UK leads the world on climate action, but Foreign Office officials dedicated to the issue have plunged since 2016

The number of full-time officials dedicated to climate change in the Foreign Office has dropped by almost 25% in the two years since Boris Johnson became foreign secretary, according to data released under freedom of information (FoI) rules.

“It is extremely disappointing,” said Prof Sir David King, who was the foreign secretary’s special envoy for climate change from September 2013 until March 2017.

“Yes, we have the Paris agreement, but everybody knows the difference between what the agreement says – if possible no more than 1.5C rise – and what countries have promised is enormous,” he said. “There is a very big amount of work to be done. Other countries have had an enormous amount of respect for what Britain has delivered. If you then cut back the British effort then of course there is a real danger that the focus drifts away.”

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The Guardian also notes that Boris Johnson poked fun at climate change in 2015.

I can’t stand this December heat, but it has nothing to do with global warming

By Boris Johnson

We may all be sweating in the winter air, but remember, we humans have always put ourselves at the centre of cosmic events

Imagine if we have nothing in these long, dark months save a muggy and melancholy mildness, soft, damp and unwholesome; nothing but rain and a louring grey sky pressing down on our hungover eyeballs. The thought made me feel almost unwell.

In my despair, I rang the great physicist and meteorologist Piers Corbyn. You know Piers: he is the older brother of Jezza, and he is famous for believing that the world – on the whole – is getting colder, and that the whole global warming theory is unsound, to say the least. Piers thinks that whatever the role of humanity in affecting the temperature of the planet, that role is pitifully trivial next to the Sun, the supercolossal boiling ball of gas about which we revolve and which enables life on Earth.

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Boris Johnson came close to being Britain’s Prime Minister in 2016, but his leadership campaign was derailed when one of his key political allies, current British Environment Minister Michael Gove, abruptly withdrew his support for Johnson’s candidacy.

… “This was a carefully planned assassination,” an ally said. “It was systematic and calculated to do the maximum damage to Boris.

“When he saw his opportunity for an act of midnight treachery he took it.” …

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I doubt Boris Johnson is a serious climate skeptic. Boris Johnson has poked fun at climate dogma a few times, which greens obviously find unforgivable; but Boris Johnson also seems content to be a senior figure in a one of the deepest green governments in Britain’s history.

65 thoughts on “Britain Cuts Climate Change Diplomatic Staff by 25%

  1. The Guardian may be laying off a few dedicated “warmist” writers if the sun stays in this cool phase for a few years.

      • Don’t be that pessimistic. The Guardian is upset is the thing they sell. They have a number of things to be upset about. But being upset on the politically correct side sells badly, so they might end up bought by someone. That would be a thing to be upset about.

    • Preliminary estimates suggest that Excess Winter Deaths in Britain this winter totaled about 48,000, or about HALF that of the average for the USA, a country with FIVE times the population of Britain. This means that the Excess Winter Mortality Rate in Britain this year is about 2.5 times the average rate for the USA. Why?
      I warned of these needless Excess Winter Deaths of British elderly and poor people years ago – some examples are included below from 2013 and 2015.
      When misinformed politicians fool with energy systems, real people suffer and die. That is the tragic consequence of false global warming alarmism.
      Hayley Coyle, Daily Star, 7 April 2018
      The UK is being hit by its worst winter death toll in 42 years. It is estimated that 20,275 Brits more than average died between December and March. It means this winter is set to total at least 48,000 deaths due to cold weather – which works out at an average of one death every three and a half minutes. Campaigners have called the deaths a “national tragedy” as cold weather victims fatalities could be prevented – especially in the elderly. –Hayley Coyle, Daily Star, 7 April 2018
      Unlike most of the things climate campaigners worry about, these dead people aren’t theoretical projections derived from dodgy computer models. These are real people – brothers, sisters, grandparents, great-grandparents – who might well have lived a few more years longer than they did if the cost of heating their homes hadn’t been artificially driven up by government policy. Cold is a much bigger killer for humans than heat. –James Delingpole, Breitbart News, 9 April 2018
      More here:

    • Ralph – I doubt that very much – doncha know that anthropogenic CO2 on Earth affects the sun and the whole of the solar system, causing the sun to warm and cool in an indiscriminate manner we’re doomed … doomed I tell ya!

      • Doomed to pay an enourmous heating bill. May starts next week and we have had to put the heating back on. 10 c here today according to the thermometer in my garden. Can somebody please send some global warming to Wolverhampton England…… think of the children!

    • The staff must have comprised at least 4 people, or some multiple of that number. (I figured that one out all by myself without the need for any computer modelling).

    • Oh you must have steel balls (includes women) to say “December heat” and to complain that the “global warming theory is unsound”. It is not a freaking theory! It is a paradigm that covers everything. It is madness which wastes a large portion of the productivity of the humankind.
      In the meantime, look at this: (and try to find it in The Guardian) (ht Motls)
      The thing is, The Guardian has a lot of difficulty to be upset about the reason why wearing a kipa has proven dangerouns in Berlin.

    • Whether Boris believes Piers Corbyn’s view on cagw or not, I suspect he likes to quote him just to annoy younger brother Jeremy.

  2. Boris Johnson would not be cutting back the climate change diplomatic staff on the sly. Clearly he has the support he needs to get away with it.

  3. 25% of what?….does anyone have any real numbers? If it’s only 4 people, and 1’s laid off…..
    “Other countries have had an enormous amount of respect for what Britain has delivered.”…..roaring laughing
    …..I’m sure they have $$$$$$$$$$

    • From the linked article:

      But FoI documents show that the number of officials working full time on climate change fell from 72 to 55 between early 2016 and 2018, despite the issue being a “network-wide priority” across the UK’s diplomatic corps.

      Johnson assumed office July 13, 2016, so the cuts were mostly on his watch.

      • But they do not work in his department.
        The UK has (or had) a department for Energy and Climate Change, so presumably the staff that have been laid off come from that department.

    • “Other countries have had an enormous amount of respect for what Britain has delivered.”…..roaring laughing
      …..I’m sure they have $$$$$$$$$$££££££££££


  4. The CO2 lord needs your help people, take to the streets and hand out pamphlets. If we don’t evangelical this shit in a few generations none will know our blessed weather god COtoo

    • And so it came to pass, King Cnut rose from the grave and looked across the vast lands he’d conquered a millennium past, and he saw what had been done.
      Those who witnessed the great man’s ghost reported he said nothing to them, others swear they heard a faint whisper as he facepalmed and climbed back into his grave.
      The sounds were foreign to the modern ear, it sounded like ‘Ohferfckssakes’..

  5. The Brits do things rather differently – Winston Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty, right up until he replaced Chamberlain. Coalition government systems can be very confusing at times to our American sensibilities.

  6. “….staff tasked with negotiating international acceptance of global climate treaties and initiatives….” I see, the propaganda arm of their CC quango. For being “settled” there sure are a lot of people on the political CC payrolls around the world for the express purpose of convincing others, and themselves, that catastrophe is just around the corner unless a select few countries pay up and transfer their industry to other countries. The whole Globalist movement is Marxism with different lipstick.

    • markl wrote:
      “The whole Globalist movement is Marxism with different lipstick.”
      You are entirely correct Sir.
      The self-styled “Progressives”, the US Democrats, the Canadian Liberals and NDP, the British Labour Party and the Greens worldwide are pawns of the extreme left and have been so since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
      Here is some history:
      “Surprisingly enough the second event that caused the environmental movement to veer to the left was the fall of the Berlin Wall. Suddenly the international peace movement had a lot less to do. Pro-Soviet groups in the West were discredited. Many of their members moved into the environmental movement bringing with them their eco-Marxism and pro-Sandinista sentiments.”
      Source: “The Rise of Eco-Extremism”, by Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace (1994).
      Many of these imbeciles don’t even know it, but they are following a covert Marxist agenda intended to damage our economies, cloaked in phony green rhetoric.
      Marxism made simple:
      The Groucho Marxists are the leaders – they want power for its own sake at any cost, and typically are sociopaths or psychopaths. The great killers of recent history, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot. etc. were of this odious ilk – first they get power, then they implement their crazy schemes that do not work and too often kill everyone who opposes them.
      The Harpo Marxists are the followers – the “sheeple” – these are people of less-than-average intelligence who are easily duped and follow the Groucho’s until it is too late, their rights are lost and their society destroyed. They are attracted to simplistic concepts that “feel good” but rarely “do good”.
      George Carlin said: “You know how stupid the average person is, right? Well, half of them are stupider than that!”
      One can easily identify many members of these two groups in the global warming debate – and none of them are ”climate skeptics”.
      Need more evidence? Read the quotations at
      Just a few examples:
      “The goal now is a socialist, redistributionist society,
      which is nature’s proper steward and society’s only hope.”
      – David Brower,
      founder of Friends of the Earth
      “If we don’t overthrow capitalism, we don’t have a chance of
      saving the world ecologically. I think it is possible to have
      an ecologically sound society under socialism.
      I don’t think it is possible under capitalism”
      – Judi Bari,
      principal organiser of Earth First!
      “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the
      industrialized civilizations collapse?
      Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”
      – Maurice Strong,
      founder of the UN Environment Programme
      “A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the
      United States. De-development means bringing our
      economic system into line with the realities of
      ecology and the world resource situation.”
      – Paul Ehrlich,
      Professor of Population Studies

      • -And, of course, one only has to look at the Socialist triumph of Venezuela to see just how successful an ecological triumph it was! (Do I really have to use the /Sarc note?)
        One of the big problems we have in South Africa, is that the ANC government are using Venezuela and Zimbabwe as exemplars of how they want to go about ruling the country….

  7. “Climate change diplomatic staff” think about that for a moment, what a dream job for a bureaucrat, being paid to work on a non-existent problem, and it never gets better.

  8. Piers Corbyn is right about insignificant man made C02 effect and deserves credit for doing the necessary research to prove this.I hope the Green juggernaut started by the infamous Al Gore will continue to swerve and
    soon crash off its fraudulant route !

  9. ““There is a very big amount of work to be done.” Now that the Paris Agreement is in place, and ratified by almost every country, why is there a need for diplomatic work? I should think that work that needs to be done would be in devising policies to reduce CO2 emissions. Time for diplomacy is, surely, over. It’s settled.

  10. “…But FoI documents show that the number of officials working full time on climate change fell from 72 to 55 between early 2016 and 2018, despite the issue being a “network-wide priority” across the UK’s diplomatic corps…”
    Well they got Paris “signed,” so it is only natural that they’d have less work to do.
    And how many diplomatic corps are working part-time on climate change?

    • rogerthesurfer
      It is NIWA that is the advisor to these folk, they are the problem. The head atmospheric scientist sleeps with the IPCC handbook under his pillow. He and the shiny faced greens leader James Shaw make a good pair. I am sure the two get together with their hand books similar to a prayer meeting. Reading doom and gloom into every passage.
      Did you see Shaw recently in the UK telling the world that New Zealand is going to be a leader in climate change. For goodness sake. I would have thought that people in his position would be obliged to keep up to date with reality and new scientific findings. But no, he is off on a mission of saving the world from an imagined threat.

      • “NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, is a Crown Research Institute established in 1992. It operates as a stand-alone company with its own Board of Directors and Executive.
        What is a Crown Research Institute?
        Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) are Crown-owned companies established to undertake scientific research and related activities in accordance with the Crown Research Institutes Act 1992. Ownership is held equally between two shareholding Ministers appointed by the New Zealand Government and governed by a Crown-appointed Board of Directors. CRIs are subject to the Crown Entities Act 2004, the Crown Research Institutes Act 1992, and the Companies Act 1993.
        Key requirements for CRIs include:
        Ensure that research is undertaken for the benefit of New Zealand
        Pursue excellence in all their activities
        Comply with applicable ethical standards
        Promote and facilitate the application of the results of research and technological developments
        Be a good employer
        Exhibit a sense of social responsibility
        Maintain their financially viability.”
        Interesting, there are at least two key requirements that a close if not over the line of being violated.

      • I am reminded of the fiery sermons my Baptist minister used to preach. It was all fire and brimstone You would burn in Hell if you didnt accept some “mythical saviour” into your life.

  11. Is this a “true” story, or just another well written fable.
    The Onion, I would imagine, is looking for writers.
    To each their own.

  12. “There is a very big amount of work to be done.[.]”

    Too right. There is another 75% to go.
    Besides, I’m sure even The Guardian would agree that saving the planet could be temporarily put on the back burner while everyone pulls together to make Brexit work properly. Guardian readers wouldn’t really want the whole nation to suffer just for the sake of their environmental vanity, would they? Would they?

  13. Well, it is high time that someone put a stop to this abject nonsense. 25% is 75% short of a proper effort.
    At least it’s a promising start from old Bozzer, and it’s always fun to see the Grauniad and it’s legion of swivel-eyed lefty readers get their knickers in a twist.

  14. I think I’m detecting a correlation between hairstyle and unexpected displays of commonsense.from politicians, Of course I might have it the wrong way round; maybe the commonsense causes the hairstyle instead.

  15. Don’t be fooled for a second. This ‘government’ is hell bent on the complete and utter destruction of the UK at the behest of their totalitarian Globalist masters and by the most expedient means possible. Despite years of promises to reduce immigration to manageable levels of a few tens of thousands per annum it is still at around the half million mark. These tiny islands are absorbing enough people to create a city the size of Southampton each and every year. This while social tensions and crime rates soar at completely unprecedented out-of-control levels and infrastructure and services creak and groan under the insupportable load.
    It is self-evidently absolutely unsustainable and yet there is no sign of any policy aimed at even the smallest reduction in the numbers arriving visible anywhere on the horizon. If we don’t find some way to stop the extreme left wing authoritarian lunatics who have this country by the throat we are finished in a matter of a few short years. This ‘government’ is waging a war of total annihilation against its own people while they listen to the soothing outright lies of its BBC propaganda wing and are blissfully unaware of their own imminent fate. The US Founding Fathers knew what they were about when writing the Second Amendment.

  16. “The Guardian is upset that the British Government foreign minister Boris Johnson has cut the number of staff tasked with negotiating international acceptance of global climate treaties and initiatives.”
    If I was a Brit, I’d be upset about this as well: it should have been a 100% cut!

    • In the UK every town council employs a team of climate change advisers and managers; all keen to go on climate change junckets. We are in the vice like grip of globe warming extremists due to EU membership. We need a liberating figure like Donald Trump to free us from this tyrrany.

  17. The U.S. State Department has an “Office of Global Change” whose staff functions much like their British counterparts. This office would appear ripe for similar staff cuts, based on the Trump Administration’s views on the U.N. climate agencies, the Paris Accord, etc.

  18. The only people who read the Guardian work for BBC News and current affairs programmes. They are a left wing public sector broadcaster funded by a compulsory
    tax and only quote what the Guardian says when reviewing the newspapers – they are very conscious of the fact and concerned that nobody reads it.

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