Climate Change in the South Pacific: Impacts and Responses by Alexander Gillespie, William C.G. Burns

By Alexander Gillespie, William C.G. Burns

The individuals to this ebook specialise in weather swap concerns in Australia, New Zealand and the small island countries within the South Pacific, because the global struggles to formulate responses and focus on attainable affects of worldwide warming. The emphasis is at the clinical, political and felony matters that body the weather switch debate. An attempt is made to evaluate the consequences of weather on serious ecosystems within the sector, in addition to attainable social and fiscal affects at the region's population. a few of the individuals additionally talk about the function of nearby actors, together with govt representatives and non-government enterprises, within the formula and evolution of the first overseas felony device that addresses weather switch, the United countries Framework conference on weather switch.

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AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY: 1985-1995 43 could be taken that would have, at the least, engendered no net economic losses. The calculations of the Industry Commission relied upon the application of ‘topdown,’ neo-classical, economic modelling. This approach assumes that the market for energy is essentially perfect, and that behaviour is profit maximising. 50 The possibility that the market can be made to take the environment into account aroused considerable interest during, and subsequent to, the ESD process, and numerous other studies have been made of the potential impacts on the Australian economy of such a policy.

11 This approach stems from the changing character of environmental problems and solutions over the last three decades. The cross-media, international and inter-generational character of some contemporary environmental concerns exceeds the capacities of state authorities to ‘react and cure’ on a single-issue basis. 12 Hajer’s analysis of the policy making process is useful in that it shifts emphasis from the chronological inevitability of policy development towards a recognition of the contested nature of policy outcomes.

At 145; Wilkenfeld, supra note 22, at 8. 26. Taplin, supra note 24, at 145 27. , Lowe, supra note 16, at 315-316 AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY: 1985-1995 39 greenhouse science. This more traditional policy discourse was also reflected in the framing of the relation between the environment and economy, which indicated that pollution prevention might incur costs. In the early construction of the ‘greenhouse story-line,’ tensions between uncertainty and precaution, and between economic objectives and environmental values were written into, rather than out of, policy discourses.

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