Papers from Yale/UNITAR Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

Papers from the 2nd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy: Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy are available for download. The conference brought together practitioners, scholars and policy-makers from countries and organizations all over the world and the papers contain many useful insights.

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OECD has released three papers exploring new issues in carbon markets, including linking emission trading systems and voluntary markets:

Towards Global Carbon Pricing: Direct and Indirect Linking to Carbon Markets (July 2010)
By R.B. Dellink, S. Jamet, J. Chateau and R. Duval
Emissions trading systems (ETS) can play a major role in a cost-effective climate policy framework. Both direct linking of ETSs and indirect linking through a common… Continue reading

Low Emissions Webinar

Dear Colleagues,

The Coordinated Low Emissions Assistance Network (CLEAN) will be offering a free webinar to share experiences on low emissions development planning, approaches, and methodologies. We invite all officials and experts interested in preparation of low emission development plans to attend. It will be held on September 29, 2010 from 15:30-17:00 Central European Time and will feature the following presenters:

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The impacts of existing energy infrastructure

There’s an interesting new article in Science assessing the climatic implications of current energy infrastructure that could be an excellent student reading in a class section on solutions and future scenarios, Davis, et al., Future CO2 Emissions and Climate Change from Existing Energy Infrastructure, 329 Science 1330-1333 (2010).

Among the key take-aways of the piece:

  1. Barring the widespread use of carbon capture and sequestration
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Geoengineering: Planning for Plan B

An excellent brief reading on climate change geoengineering governance issues, deemed to be “the most serious governance concern that we’re going to be facing in the next couple of decades” according to Maria Ivanova, director of Yale’s Global Environmental Governance Project, has recently been published in Nature Climate Reports: Inman, Planning for Plan B, 4 Nature Reports Climate Change 7-9 (2010).

Among the take-aways from the article:

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    Opportunities at Hong Kong Institute of Education

    Dear Colleagues,

    If you know of students or graduates who would might like to do a PhD (or MPhil) in China, please encourage them to consider the Hong Kong Institute of Education. I would welcome the opportunity to work with candidates interested in global environmental politics and related areas. Students interested in GEP with some kind of education focus, such as climate change education, sustainability education and similar fields… Continue reading

    Responding to the Skeptics: Schneider TV Special

    For instructors looking for new materials to address the arguments of climate skeptics, the late Stephen Schneider recorded a television program in June in Australia in which he answered the questions of more than 50 members of an audience skeptical about climate claims. The program is available online, and while a bit painful to watch for those of us who knew and admired Steve, it would be an excellent… Continue reading

    Ph.D Workshop on Climate Change

    21st Ph.D. Workshop on International Climate Policy

    Organised by:

    Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS)

    University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland

    October 22-23, 2010

    Call for Papers

    The 21st Ph.D. Workshop on International Climate Policy (ICP) will take place on 22-23 October 2010 at the Center for Comparative and International Studies… Continue reading

    Call for Papers: Portal

    I have  been invited to be joint guest editor of a special issue of the multidisciplinary journal – Portal – on Global Climate Change Policy and would invite you to submit papers or pass this call for papers onto someone who might be interested. Papers to be submitted by 1st October.

    Portal is a multidisclipinary peer reviewed journal – ‘A’ ranked in the recent Australian Government’s Excellence in Research… Continue reading

    Carbon Capture & Sequestration: Storage Options

    Many commentators believe that a continued global commitment to the use of coal to generate electricity at current or near current levels virtually ensures temperature increases of 2-3C above pre-industrial levels. In recent years, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) has been touted as a technological “fix” that potentially would allow coal usage to continue virtually unabated, or at least would facilitate much less radical cuts than might otherwise be required… Continue reading

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