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…
Policy & Law
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.
By Alisa Zomer
Even before the climate negotiations began this week, Typhoon Haiyan sent a message to the world – a message that is still making waves. The strength and trajectory of Typhoon Haiyan was unprecedented, even for the Philippines, an island nation that experiences more disasters than most. In response, the lead Filipino negotiator declared a fast for the duration of the climate negotiations until progress has been made to “stop this madness.”
Matthew Huber (Purdue Climate Change Research Center), moderates a panel discussion that includes Robert DeConto, (Dept. of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherstj), Klaus Jacob, (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University), Kathleen White, (US Army Corps of Engineers), Piet Dircke, (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences)
Professor Burkett, Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), discusses possible new government structures and considerations needed to deal with a projected 250,000,000 refugees from island nations and coastal cities in the 21st century as a result of rising sea levels.
In August 2012 Bill McKibben published an essay in Rolling Stone calling for the nation’s universities to divest their oil and gas holdings. Within a year, seven universities agreed to stop purchasing energy stocks…