Assessing the Consequences of Carbon Mitigation Options for Water Resources: A Case Study from Australia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Speaker Information: 
Karen Hussey, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

The climate-energy-water nexus is one of the most challenging environmental issues of the 21st century. This talk analyzes the policy decision by the Australian government to centre its climate policy on sequestering carbon in the landscape and presents some potentially damaging outcomes that may arise from this strategy.  The findings are relevant to other regions that are currently under water stress or may be in a changing climate.

Karen Hussey is an Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University (ANU), where she undertakes research on policies, institutions and governance for sustainable development. She leads several projects assessing the effectiveness of Australian laws and policies for supporting adaptation to climate change and increasing resilience to natural disasters. She also studies technology integration in the national electricity market and the energy-water nexus. For several years, Karen was based in Brussels as the ANU Representative in Europe, where she was responsible for developing research relationships between ANU and European institutions. Dr. Hussey is co-author of Environment and Sustainability: A Policy Handbook, published by Federation Press (2013, 2nd edition) and a forthcoming book Climate, Energy and Water: Managing trade-offs, seizing opportunities (2014, Cambridge University Press). 

Karen is visiting Yale this week to participate in the YCEI Fifth Annual Conference on Thursday, Energy/Future 2030.

Contact: Cheralyn Gargano 203-436-5182

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