Reflections on the Australian climate change discussion
‘Climate change presents a new type of challenge. It is uncertain in its form and extent rather than drawn in clear lines. It is insidious rather than, as yet, directly confrontational. It is long term rather than immediate in both its impact and its remedy’. Professor Ross Garnaut, 3 February 2011.
Since 2008 there have been a number of significant developments in climate change science and understanding of climate change impacts. Climate change is back on the agenda in Australia, with more community interest than in any other public policy issue.
With the renewed interest in the science, economics and politics of climate change, the Federal Government re-commissioned Professor Ross Garnaut to review and update significant elements of his 2008 Garnaut Climate Change Review. The final report will to be presented to the Government by the end of May 2011. Read the rest of this entry »