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Climate Change - Science Reference

Popular debate on climate change and what needs to be done about it, often seems, at least in my Australian experience, to founder or be distracted quickly on belief differences about the science foundations.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2012 07:28

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Overcoming the Competitive Argument against Climate Change Action

Many communities' avoid or delay response to climate change in part due to an understandable fear that their industries will lose business to competitors in non-responding communites - resulting in loss of employment while the pollution reduction is minimised by the business moving to a less regulated environments. And of course this understandable reticence hampers other communities' political will to be proactive in their response to climate change, leading to a sense of powerlessness given the difficulty in getting all communities to agree to global action.

What can be done to reduce the impact of this "public good" problem and related sense of powerlessness on achieving effective responses to a global issue? What approach can early adopter communities take that both protects their competitive position from late adopter communities and increases the global pace towards reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions?

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 May 2012 03:44

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