Were these normal times, the 27 delegates sent at public expense to a conference in Paris may seem extravagant — but these are not normal times and the meeting in Paris not just a collection of nodding heads with an expense account. One does not have to be a meteorologist to understand that the world’s weather is changing. Severe weather events are becoming ever more severe and of increased frequency. Everybody on the planet is affected to a greater or lesser extent by climate change. Some states are being affected more than others, tiny island states in the Pacific are going to disappear, and Pakistan is on yet another list — this time as the country that is the tenth-most at risk.