Archive for April 2011
This week I’m at the second Cities at Risk conference CAR II, subtitled Building Adaptive Capacities for Managing Climate Change Risks in Asian Coastal Cities. The conference is co-organised by START, the East-West Center and CCaR (Canada). START is the global change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training. START helps developing countries build the expertise and knowledge needed to explore the drivers of and solutions to global and regional environmental change. The conference is hosted in Taiwan by Academia Sinica, the Taiwanese Academy of Science. They are somewhat different to the usual academy in that they carry out a great deal of research, acting as a national research organisation. The conference also roughly coincides with the opening of the the International Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Center of Excellence at Academia Sinica.
The conference is a combination of invited and submitted papers. The working theme of the conference covers adaptation, disaster, risk, vulnerability and sustainable development. Most of the presentations cover case studies in Asian cities, large and small. They range from top-down studies improving technical measures to reduce risk to bottom-up studies addressing the social aspect if risk and vulnerability. The challenge is to bring these together.
Day 2 of the Greenhouse 2011 conference featured a forum hosted by ‘Red Kerry’ O’Brien, of ABC 7:30 Report fame titled Converting Climate Science into Policy. The topic of denialism was raised straight off. How can scientists get their message across when widespread counterclaims are constantly competing with that message? Panellist Dr Graeme Pearman in his earlier plenary presentation had outlined the role of psychology as to how scientific conclusions are believed, outlining denial as a defence against uncertain futures. Such stances, he said, should be addressed supportively. This evolved into a discussion as to how climate scientists should communicate with those in denial. Read the rest of this entry »
More sessions on day 2. Tom Knutson from the US on tropical storms, Penny Whetton CSIRO on Australia’s climate projections, Ben Preston ex CSIRO and now Oak Ridge in the US on adaptation and Graeme Pearman on headology and energy futures. Read the rest of this entry »
Day 2 of the Greenhouse 2011 conference in Cairns. Talks by Janice Lough (palaeoclimate) and Ross Garnaut (economics and policy). Read the rest of this entry »
I’m at Greenhouse 2011 in rainy Cairns with about 500 delegates attending over the week. I was going to live blog, but the PC widget has just died, so it will be in instalments because I only have access to the internets at my hotel. This part takes on Day 1 to Lunch covering the Hon Greg Combet, Megan Clark and a number of plenary talks summarising recent science. Read the rest of this entry »