Monthly Archives: September 2010

an emphasis on doubt

Public policy is generally implemented under circumstances where the risk of opposing choices is known (Resnik 1987:13). One of the major issues with climate change policy is that the exact extent of risks is not known. Across the globe Governments … Continue reading

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time lags and climate perception

The nature of climate change as a highly complex and globally elusive hazard makes it difficult to pinpoint, understand and manage. The time lags between release of the emissions of heat-trapping gases and subsequent impacts on the climate mean that … Continue reading

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management and change

Another factor which ensures the continuation of the climate controvery is that management solutions require extensive change on our part – change to our social routines and norms (Gross 2008 pp44). Individuals are not likely to welcome or tolerate policies that … Continue reading

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controversy and ‘balanced’ reporting

Back in the begining I touched on why a climate of doubt had arisen in the general public. I’d like to revisit this now and really delve into the role of the press and goverment in creating uncertainty around climate change. … Continue reading

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back to the… animal kingdom

After reading some articles on conservation triage for my masters course I’ve decided to jump back a bit to when I was talking about species extinction… It is estimated that the world is currently losing species at up to 1000 … Continue reading

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australia to pay the price for inaction

Over the last little bit I’ve mentioned just a few of the potential impacts of climate change. Generally all these impacts come with a high economic cost. In fact, the CSIRO has released a report estimating the exact economic costs, … Continue reading

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animal kingdom

I just wanted to chuck one more impact out there, something i read in the news this week. In Alaska we have just seen tens of thousands of Walruses come shore because the sea ice they normally rest on has … Continue reading

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