Blair Anderson, on the hustings 'canvassing for opinion'

Blair Anderson, on the hustings 'canvassing for opinion'

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Someone Else Thinks Beyond Kyoto

18 May 2006 'Kyoto and Beyond: a Global Strategy' Conference, Commonwealth Club, London

Contributions were made by distinguished speakers: Tom Spencer (Institute of Environmental Security); Sir Crispin Tickell (former UK permanent representative at the UN); Andrew Simms (Policy Director, New Economics Foundation); Elliot Morley MP (former Minister of State for Climate Change & Environment); Lord Redesdale (Vice-chair Parliamentary Group on Climate Change); Ritu Kumar (Director of TERI-Europe); John Gummer MP (former Secretary of State for Environment); and Aubrey Meyer (Director of Global Commons Institute).

Key points included the following. The arguments on climate change are not now technological but political, with the US administration doing all it can to avoid the evidence for it until time runs out. There are a number of tipping points into irreversible climate change, which will shortly be examined in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fourth report. CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are now higher than they have been for the last 650,000 years! No solution to stabilising CO2 concentrations is possible without contraction and convergence in some form.

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