Karen Hussey is 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.
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John Reilly is an energy, environmental and agricultural economist, and Co-Director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. The Joint Program describes its mission as the study of “interactions between human and Earth systems to provide a sound foundation of scientific knowledge that will aid decision-makers in confronting the coupled challenges of future food, energy, water, climate and air pollution, among others.”
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Geoff Heal, Columbia University, discusses how scientists and the IPCC focus on general tendencies related to climate change, whereas what economists need are more information about the outlying events, the disaster scenarios that motivate policy choices.