From time to time I have noted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's spending on a network of "climate change advisers". On one occasion, I noted one such public funded official using their time to do research for Democrats in the US Congress. Another seemed to fill her days with showing ecodisaster movies to the natives and helping them to make their own ones.
It's therefore quite pleasing to see that William Hague has belatedly been reining back the spending somewhat:
The UK is slashing its climate change diplomacy budget even as global efforts to reach a deal intensify, RTCC can reveal.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) cut spending on its core climate change activities by 39% over the past three years.
Given Hague's posturing as a green, this has no doubt been driven more by the cost-cutting imperative in the Treasury than any concern over whether the money is being well spent. Nevertheless, one should not look a gift horse in the mouth...