With evidence mounting that climate change is severe, pervasive and perhaps irreversible, why is society not responding as if it were preparing for war? Professor Mary Wood says it’s because we assume that environmental law will protect us. But unlike many other facets of society that are innovating in anticipation of a changed climate they accept is on the way, the law is not.
Policy & Law
YCEI Director Mark Pagani introduces Panel Moderator and new YCEI Advisory Board Chair Dave Lawrence who mediates the morning panel and its first speaker Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Law and former Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and the Environment. (DEEP).
Transportation sector greenhouse gas reductions do more than save energy: greener public transportation alternatives can reduce traffic congestion, lessen US dependence on foreign oil and make the US more economically competitive. In addition to these benefits, policies that reduce GHG emissions by encouraging more active modes of transportation can have additional…
In his keynote address at the fifth annual conference, Vice President of Communications for Shell Americas, Niel Golightly shared two scenarios for how his company sees our energy…
Niel Golightly, Shell Oil’s VP for External Affairs, discusses his company’s practice of internally assuming a $40/ton price on carbon for their long-term planning needs. IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri responds with his thoughts on how a peer-reviewed study of the practice could significantly advance opportunities for implementing a price on carbon, the single measure which many feel could do more than anything else to get CO2 emissions under control.
In the provocative new book “Supply Shock,” ecological economist Brian Czech argues that perpetual economic growth is a doomed policy and that the world must transition to a steady state economy to curb over-exploitation of natural resources and climate change. Climate change is driven by anthropogenic inputs of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases…
The same week as he oversaw release of the most recent IPCC report, “Patchy” is honored for his service as YCEI’s Founding Director. He reflects here on when he first became concerned about climate, and the hope he sees now that major corporations are planning for a lower carbon future. He’ll be joined on the podium by Karen Seto, Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC’s first chapter report on urbanization.
Katie Dykes, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, speaks on Climate Change in New England at a A Town Hall Meeting, entitled, “Climate Change in New England: What’s Next?” which explores how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the coming changes.
“Polluters talk, we walk” was the chant two weeks ago, as thousands of climate change activists walked out of the 19thUnited Nations Council of Parties (COP 19) conference a day before negotiations were scheduled to end. A spokesman for Oxfam blamed negotiators for insufficient outcomes to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius as outlined by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
While no major international climate change agreement is expected to result from the United Nations 19th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland, there is hope that COP 19 will set the stage for the big show: the 2015 International Climate Action Agreement. If successful, the 2015 Agreement will create a single comprehensive regime out of the current medley of UNFCCC binding and non-binding agreements.