photo © 2007 Michael Coghlan | more info (via: Wylio) I have attended 5 seminars lately on the environment and climate issues. What am I insinuating with the title? I am not suggesting a conspiracy. Let us keep our heads calm. I am certain that there are interest groups within the civil society who are not scrutinised as is needed. The climate question is definitely … Fortsätt läsa A critical analysis of the climate debate
On November 18th, The Stockholm Association of International Affairs (UF) and The Law Students’ Association (JF) at the University of Stockholm, invited Richard Klein, a geographer and a leading expert on human vulnerability and adaptation to climate change variability. Klein leads Stockholm Environment Institute‘s research theme ‘Reducing Climate Risk’.
Klein gave a short history from the first IPCC report. COP1 was in Berlin. The second assessment report soon after the Berlin meeting, concluded that there is discernible human influence on global climate.
Klein spoke on the mandate of the IPCC. With the negative press of Climategate, one has to keep in mind that the IPCC does not do its own research. It is more a network of scientists.
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) held a seminar, The Road to Cancún – Climate politics, climate justice and the role of Sweden, at Kulturhuset, Stockholm, on November 11th.
Pär Holmgren, best known as a TV meteorologist, and member of the SSNC committee, said since we had human records from 130 years ago the warmest 10 have occured since 1998. Perspiration is more important than the warming. Most climate scientists are focused on their research. But it is a much broader issue. It has gone so far we have to do some geoengineering.
Norma Pensado Moreno, the Mexican ambassador to Sweden, said the developing countries need help with adaptation, and a bottom-up approach is needed. Mexico’s climate ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, have met the civil society, and not only government representatives.
October 21st, the Stockholm chapter of UNA-Sweden, attended the World Bank and energy seminar on sustainability and development for poor countries. We are facing two challenges – climate crisis and poverty. Niclas Hällström, climate expert at the The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), was the moderator. He opened the seminar with stating that poverty reduction is related to the climate challenge and time is short.
Reverend Siyabulela Gidi, from the South African Council of Churches, made the most gripping speech and instead of the common PowerPoint presentation, he simply had a picture of electricity theft in the background. It illustrated how the rich get electricity and how the power utility supplier Eskom cuts it off for the poor.
I have been to a full day seminar – Sida Development Area Symposium, subtitled ”Oceans and climate change”. This post will be unusually long. I think it is an important topic. It is also related to development issues.
The seminar was actually interesting to the layman. I will summarise the speakers words of wisdom.