Posted on February 21, 2013 by jeremy
This is the slide deck I presented at the Asia Pacific Centre for Social Enterprise (APCSE), Griffith University, Open Lecture Series this week.
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Posted on March 14, 2009 by jeremy
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The Guardian ran a piece yesterday on the Copenhagen climate change summit that reports climate scientists are getting a bit grumpy. A conservative bunch by natural inclination, it is pretty clear from some of the comments that they have lost patience. One of the keynotes speakers was Nicholas Stern, who was commissioned to analyse the impact of climate change by the British government in late 2006. He now believes that his review “underestimated the risks and underestimated the damage from inaction”.
Among other things, the scientists are now saying that ‘carbon emissions have risen more in recent years than anyone thought possible, and the world’s natural carbon stores could be losing the ability to soak up human pollution’. They predict that:
- A 4C rise could turn swaths of southern Europe to desert.
- Sea levels will rise twice as fast as official estimates predict.
- Modest warming could unleash a carbon “time bomb” from Arctic soils.
- A failure to cut emissions could render half of the world uninhabitable.
- Rising temperatures could kill off 85% of the Amazon rainforest.
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Posted on February 26, 2009 by jeremy
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The Inspired Economist asks the question this week as to whether Obama’s stimulus package is green enough. Linking to a report in The Guardian it is pointed out that the $100 billion allocated to green measures amounts to less than 13% of the total package, some way below that recommended by economist Nick Stern. South Korea, by comparison, has devoted two-thirds of its $36bn recovery package to green investment and China one-third of its $580bn. It is observed that 13% is significantly better than what might have been the case under the previous administration given it spent the best of part of eight years in climate change denial. However, this is likely to be small comfort for those reading the reports last week that climate change is worse than the IPCC thought.
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