"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Some Heavy Hitters Take Press Climate Questions

I haven't listened to this yet, but I thought I'd pass it along:
Call was organized by Resource Media.

Participants:
· Chris Field, director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University

·
Richard Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego

·
Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University

http://www.globalproblems-globalsolutions-files.org/audio/2010/ScientistsTeleconference3_2_10.mp3

Questions were asked by:
  • Jeff Tollefson, Nature
  • Jeff Young, PRI’s Living on Earth
  • Mike Melia, PBS The Newshour
  • Dan Vergano, USA Today
  • Bryan Walsh, Time
  • Barbara Plett, BBC
  • Nate Gronewald, Climate Wire

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