Daily Archives: July 9, 2016

Report: European Perceptions of Climate Change – profiles for France, Germany, Norway and the UK – Climate Outreach

European countries must continue cooperating with each other on global issues like climate change, regardless of the recent referendum result in the UK. Brexit makes understanding different nations’ perceptions even more important. By understanding how different European countries perceive climate change, progress can be made towards addressing the issue.

How do the culture and politics of a country shape its citizens’ perceptions of climate change? Do different European nations vary in their support for different energy technologies? And how have extreme weather events influenced national views about climate change, as climate impacts start to bite? The European Perceptions of Climate Change (EPCC) project has been designed to answer precisely these kinds of questions.

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In the context of a crucial moment for European climate policy, this project addresses a significant knowledge gap with regard to European public engagement with climate change. While attitudes to climate change have been well documented in individual European countries, their designs have never been coordinated.

This two year project is being lead by Cardiff University, with an inter-disciplinary project team from Institut Symlog, University of Stuttgart, University of Bergen, and Climate Outreach. It is funded by the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI).

The report takes each of the four countries involved and assesses them according to a set of criteria expected to have a major influence on public opinion with regards to climate change:

  • Cultural, historical & policy context

  • Key actors shaping public perceptions of energy and climate change

  • Key climate and energy-related events that have taken place

  • Anticipated consequences of climate change

  • Media reporting on energy and climate change

Insight from this report – combined with an ongoing process of stakeholder engagement with an international advisory panel – is being used to inform the centrepiece of the project, a survey of more than 4000 people split across the four nations. The survey will be carried out over the summer, with the results available by the end of 2016. The project team will also be producing recommendations for public engagement at the end of the project.

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Bjorn Lomborg: Global priorities bigger than climate change


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http://www.ted.com Given $50 billion to spend, which would you solve first, AIDS or global warming? Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg comes up with surprising answers.

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The Secrets of “The Climate Paradox”

Planetary Advocates

Published on Jul 29, 2015

More on Per Espen Stoknes’ book here: http://amzn.to/1II67C8

Directed & Written by: Max DeArmon, Missy Lahren & Theo Badashi

Produced by: Maximilian DeArmon

Narrated by: Dana Smirin

Animation by: Fox In The Box Studio

Project manager: Maki Ferenc

Illustration and animation – Borsi Laszlo & Kassay Reka

Sound design – Laszlo Jozsef

Additional music by Audio Jungle

Based on “What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming” by Per Espen Stoknes.

All Right Reserved. Copy written by Planetary Advocates

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Talk Africa: Charting Africa’s future

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Climate Psychology & Solutions – Per Espen Stoknes

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Per Espen Stoknes: How To Build Support for Climate Policy

Ed Mays

Published on Sep 9, 2015

A recent paper written by former NASA scientist James Hansen and 16 other prominent climate researchers warns of glacial melting this century that could cause as much as a ten foot sea-level rise in as little as fifty years. This timetable is much faster than previously thought possible and if proven accurate, the international target of limiting global temperatures to a 2°C rise this century will not be nearly enough to prevent most major coastal cities from being rendered uninhabitable.

Much recent evidence suggests that the acceleration of climate change is much more severe than current estimates contained in reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

But it seems that the worse the news gets, the less humans seem motivated to take action. Norwegian psychologist Per Espen Stoknes poses the question: “Are Humans inevitably short term?” Could it be as noted cognitive linguist George Lakoff suggests, that the long cherished notion that Human beings are rational is not what it is cracked up to be? If so, what does motivate humans?

Stoknes, author of “What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming”, says he has the answer.
Stoknes explores why we think the way we think–focusing on the climate change deniers among us–and highlights key factors that contribute to people’s disbelief of the subject. He offers advice on how to change people’s minds (by sharing stories of economic, environmental, and personal growth that come from reversing global warming) and outline his plan to turn optimism into action for a better future.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and University Bookstore

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Brexit fallout: The global economic impact – Counting the Cost

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Published on Jul 9, 2016

The outcome of the EU referendum in Britain didn’t just shake-up the United Kingdom, it also brought great uncertainty to the global markets.

The impact of the Brexit vote is becoming more and more apparent, and there is no telling when or where it might end.

Counting the Cost is back on the trail of Brexit again this week, looking at where the money is moving around the world and why.

Gold is strong (it has gone up by more than 25 percent this year) and so is the US dollar. Government bonds – even with their low returns – are looking favourable too. And it’s all because of the huge uncertainty that the Brexit vote has thrown up.

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has unveiled a plan to allow banks to release almost $200bn in funds to lend to home buyers and businesses, but he also warned there is a limit to what his organisation can do to ease the economic uncertainty.

“The UK has entered a period of uncertainty and significant economic adjustment, the efforts of the Bank of England will not be able to fully and immediately offset the market and economic volatility that can be expected while this adjustment proceeds,” Mark Carney said.

So what is next for the UK and the world? Are we at the edge of a global recession?

Our guest Russell Jones from economics firm Llewellyn Consulting says he is more nervous about the economic outlook now, that he was back in 2008 when the financial crisis hit. So, is it all the start of more bad news for the global economy?

Uncertainty at India’s Reserve Bank

In uncertain times, Central Banks have an important role to play in keeping the economy on track, and India’s Raghuram Rajan is regarded as one of the world’s most impressive central bankers.

He has been credited with bringing stability to India’s economy since his appointment as the Reserve Bank of India’s head in 2013. But he has also faced criticism from a faction within President Narendra Modi’s ruling party for keeping interest rates high, and over a perception that he has started to stray into politics.

He has announced that he will step down, so what’s next to India’s economic path, and was Raghuram Rajan as effective to India’s economy?

Faiz Jamil investigates for Counting the Cost and we talk to Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist at HIS.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

Hosted by the White House and US State Department, and held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, the Global Entrepreneurship summit (GES) 2016 aimed to bring together hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors from all over the world – putting all the right people in the right place to make business opportunities happen.

Kamahl Santamaria and reporter Tarek Bazley take us around the summit to meet some of the people looking for their big break.

Kamahl also interviews Maria Contreras-Sweet, the administrator of the US Small Business Administration, about the challenges and inequalities that exist in the entrepreneurship world, and he visits the garage in Los Altos where 40 years ago, Steve Jobs founded the company we now know as Apple.

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Chilcot Special: Looking beneath the whitewash of the Iraq inquiry (Going Underground)


Published on Jul 9, 2016

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the Chilcot Report. We speak to Former First Minster of Scotland Alex Salmond. In ‘I will be with you, whatever’ we dismantle the reasons for Tony Blair’s war in Iraq with his former attorney general. And the vice president of the Geneva International Center for Justice tells us what Bush and Blair’s shock and awe did to his country.

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