It’s the 64 million dollar question that climate scientists ask. When presented with stark information on the rate of climate change that is happening why are so many people and governments all over the world so prepared to look the other way?
A number of commentators, including George Marshall, have written about this phenomenon to better inform how we communicate climate change but professor of psychology, Daniel Gilbert, perhaps nails the denial problem better than any other. Click here to see the video clip.
Gilbert’s original TED talk has had some 8 million views since 2014.
An open letter has been sent to the three party leaders in the House of Assembly drawing attention to the Tasmanian Parliament’s inability to address the now-urgent issue of climate change.
Signatory, Dr Fitzpatrick, is a climate scientist and member of Climate Tasmania. Copies of the letter have also been sent to all MPs in both Houses. Climate Tasmania is now approaching community leaders to join in this appeal for a unified approach.
Australia’s financial regulator (APRA) has warned that climate change poses a material risk to the entire financial system, and has urged companies to start seriously adapting.
Geoff Summerhayes, from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, says it is unsafe for companies to ignore the risks of climate change just because there is some uncertainty, or “even some controversy”, about the policy outlook. (See story here.)
How will Tasmanian businesses be affected by climate change?
“A THRIVING TASMANIA THAT MEETS THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE HEAD ON”
That’s what the Sustainable Living Tasmania group is proposing through its expert-backed project to show how it can be done. Below is a video clip introduction to the project. Please do take 11 minutes to listen to Todd Houstein’s message of hope.
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MEDIA RELEASE: Tasmania’s professional advisory body on climate change has described 2016 as a massive wake-up call, and warned that it’s time to reset the clock on climate action in 2017.
Diesel generators brought in to prop up Tasmania’s power system during 2016 (ABC photo)
“The last year has burned climate change risks into the public’s consciousness like never before,” said Philip Harrington, Co-Convenor of Climate Tasmania. “Our policy makers need to make 2017 the year to re-set the clock on the state’s climate change strategies, to protect Tasmania from further economic harm.”
It’s been a week since the US elections elected Donald Trump as president and the above question is burning in the minds of all those concerned about climate change.
Nobody has a clear answer to this speculation right now. Here is one article that surveys the scene without being too fatalistic or naively optimistic.
“One thing is for certain: The complex pact to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius will live on. Even if the United States pulls out, enough other countries have ratified the agreement to trigger its entry into force. And many experts say they don’t expect the rest of the world to slack off on aggressive climate action simply because of the U.S. election…”
Sustainable Living Tasmania has done a wonderful job converting our state greenhouse emissions profile into a visual display.
The wheel here represents greenhouse emissions coming from the four primary sectors shown. Emissions are based on 2014 official data.
Click on the wheel and it will come up live. Working from the inside to outside, you will see that emission of those four basic sectors are broken down into subsections and emissions shown for each sub sector (to the right of the wheel).