Finance ministers concerned about climate change

Posted by Laura Grant on November 25, 2007
Posted in Business

South Africa’s finance minister, Trevor Manuel, told the media that the G20 was “deeply concerned” over the effect of climate change on global food prices this week, Sapa reports.

Manuel put most of the blame for the worldwide surge in grain prices on climate change. The rise in production of crops for biofuels was also causing the price of maize and wheat to rise, he reportedly said.

The finance ministers and central bank chiefs from 20 of the world’s largest economies met in Kleinmond, in the Western Cape, last week.

Ordinary South Africans don’t seem to share the finance minister’s concern about climate change. Research done by TNS Research Surveys earlier this year found that global warming ranked last on a list of concerns facing South Africans. The top five were crime, HIV/Aids, corruption, poverty and unemployment.

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