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Reconciling shipping emissions with international commitments on climate change

Dec 2012  Executing a Scharnow turn: reconciling shipping emissions with international commitments on climate change – Carbon Management
The shipping industry maintains a pretence of contributing towards global commitments on climate change at the same time as it anticipates its emissions increasing almost four fold by 2050 (c.f. 1990). Such high-level declarations of responsible action, contrasting with woefully inadequate policies, are reflective of the Machiavellian duality exhibited by many industries and nations. This paper reveals the masking of rapid and substantial emissions growth by the industry, concluding that for shipping to meet its own “fair and proportional” commitments to “preventing dangerous interference with the climate system” demands a fundamental and immediate Scharnow turn in its emissions pathway.
A one-page summary of the paper is also available: Executing a Scharnow turn-1-page overview

Real Clothes for the Emperor: facing the challenges of climate change

Nov 2012  Real Clothes for the Emperor: facing the challenges of climate change
With global carbon dioxide emissions for 2011 – a year of economic recession and upheaval in the West – up by 3.2% on the 2010 figure, which itself was up 6% on 2009, we are entering uncharted waters. This seminar lays out the case for concern and, perhaps more importantly, demonstrates how the early harnessing of human will and ingenuity may still offer opportunities to deliver relatively low-carbon and climate-resilient communities.
ABSTRACT for the talk
PDF version of Cabot Seminar anderson slidesPlease note this is a pdf version and not the powerpoint slides themselves, so some of the animation (and hence information) is not visible