In 2006, MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide's Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens. Ian Austin replied:
- "As I am sure all of your readers have noted, this summer has been one of the hottest ever. Each of the last five years has been one of the ten hottest on record. I know that my constituents are concerned about climate change. They know the issue is now science fact, not science fiction.
- As we have seen over the past years, the scientific evidence for climate change, caused largely by the build-up of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, continues to strengthen. The evidence in front of our eyes also suggests that the impact of the theory is real. According to government statistics, 70% of the global carbon emissions that cause climate change come from the way we consume energy. Without urgent action, there will be a damaging rise in temperature."
In February 2015 Ian Austin voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. After clearing both Houses, mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
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