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Floods are an opportunity for businesses to act on climate change

17th February 2014

Oliver Dudok Van Heel, Director at Aldersgate Group, told Guardian Sustainable Business that recent extreme weather events and increased political assertiveness provided an opportunity to mobilise businesses to step up climate change leadership.

Pointing to estimates of a £14bn hit to the UK economy from the recent flooding, he said: "What I am hoping for is a reversal of the post Copenhagen gloom, which led to a lack of political and business leadership. The floods are the evidence we need that the problems we face are current and real and will get worse."

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