Benefits of climate change ‘far outweighed’ by damage, says Varadkar

Martin warns Taoiseach that his earlier remarks could ‘undermine’ case for action

Leo Varadkar said of climate change: 'It is happening right now, it is man-made, and it is unprecedented and it is detrimental to human life'

Leo Varadkar has acknowledged that hissuggestion there are some benefits to climate change could be misinterpreted.

The Taoiseach has been pilloried by environmental campaigners and opposition politicians since The Sunday Business Post reported how he suggested there were “pluses and minuses” to climate change as he launched the first review of theClimate Action Plan last week.

Varadkar had said that warmer winters would mean people would need less heating in their homes, and ...