The numbers are in, and they aren’t looking good for climate change deniers. According to the latest reports, the cost of doing nothing on climate change, even based on moderate warming models, will top $400 trillion in economic losses.
If that figure isn’t startling enough, then consider the additional $43 trillion in damages that we’ll see in the next few decades just from the additional release of CO2 and methane from melting permafrost. That $43 trillion figure assumes all current emissions stay the same, or even fall slightly. If emissions continue to rise, that $43 trillion number is going to climb rapidly.
This information comes from a new study from Cambridge University, where climate change and business researchers were attempting to determine the cost of doing nothing on climate change, and the cost of slight-reduction models of CO2 emissions.
The American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, is an ancient marine arthropod with a lineage that goes back 440 million years. It is an important species for both its pivotal place in the ecosystem and for its valuable use in everyday human health; biomedical manufacturers and conservationists alike have a vested interest in making sure this species continues to thrive and flourish.
Just days after the U.S. and 11 nations released a monumental trade deal that still faces a fight in Congress, Hillary Clinton says she would not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Speaking with Judy Woodruff Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate said that as of today, given what she knows of the deal, it does not meet her bar for creating jobs, raising wages for Americans and advancing national security.
When it comes to influencing policy in Washington, every industry has their preferred methods. The oil industry sets up phony grassroots campaigns to spread misinformation and lobby Congress for everything they want. Wall Street banks prefer to operate in the shadows, throwing money towards members of Congress they think will be influential. But when it comes to affecting policy in Washington, D.C., no organization or industry has gamed the system better than the pharmaceutical industry.
An opening key note presentation will set the scene regarding the problematic issues of knowledge fragmentation and information overload in the field of climate change research, policy and practice and will be followed by two engaging presentations from SEI staff and an interactive panel discussion.
Collectively, we hope to explore the ways in which we, through our research and that of the wider community are trying to address climate knowledge use for action e.g. by improving the translation, communication and accessibility of climate information, be that about climate risk, finance, policy, lessons learnt and so on. As such, it will be an opportunity to showcase our many collaborations over the years, our innovative ongoing activities and future plans, as well as a grounding to lead up to COP21 and discuss implications for the post-2015 agenda.
09.15 – 09.30 Ruth Butterfield Centre Director SEI Oxford Welcome and Introduction
09.30 – 10.00 Sam Bickersteth CEO CDKN Keynote Speaker
10.00 – 10.30 Sukaina Bharwani and Harro van Asselt SEI Senior Research Fellows Putting climate knowledge into practice
10.30 – 10.50 Tea and coffee break
10.50 – 12.20 Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Kate Lonsdale SEI Oxford Associate
Mairi Dupar Global Public Affairs Coordinator CDKN
Paul Watkiss SEI Oxford Associate
Benito Müller Research Fellow University of Oxford
Blane Harvey Research Associate ODI
Tahia Devisscher Research Fellow SEI Oxford
12.20 – 12.25 Johan Kuylenstierna Executive Director SEI Summary of the day
12.25 – 12.30 Andreas Carlgren Vice-Chair of the SEI Board Closing remarks
Living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity, says author Stephen Petranek. Here’s how he thinks we can survive the radiation. Stephen Petranek’s new book is “How We’ll Live on Mars” (http://goo.gl/YcJeUb).
Staggering numbers of refugees and migrants are flooding into Europe, fleeing war and political instability and seeking safe haven and economic opportunity. They are risking their lives on perilous journeys into an uncertain future. Who are the refugees and migrants, and what forces are driving them from their homes? What will it take to meet their urgent and immediate needs for food and shelter, and what will be the long-term economic impact of the migration on the cities and countries where the displaced ultimately settle? To understand this crisis, and accompanying public health challenges, this Forum brought together experts in human rights, international relations, and humanitarian response.
Presented October 6, 2015 in collaboration with PRI’s The World & WGBH.
Watch the entire series from The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at www.ForumHSPH.org.
This week, it’s about time we hear about climate change – but really hear it. Next, Victoria Fernandez from 350.org dishes on the political and public effects of divestment – surprising, but money matters. Then starting October 10, we’ve got a week long, international push for people and planet and against the corporatocracy, Sweden deserves a shout out and finally, scream for me. But first, we reserve your rights.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
This weblog explores the transition to a sustainable future on our finite planet. It provides links to current news, key documents from government sources and non-governmental organizations, as well as video documentaries about climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice concerns.
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