About Four Degrees 2011

FOUR DEGREES OR MORE? Australia in a Hot World explores the unintended consequences of current domestic and international climate policies. It invites us to imagine the social, economic and ecological implications of catastrophic global warming for Australia and its region.

The international community has agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Yet the Copenhagen pledges to cut emissions will, if honoured collectively, result in average warming of 4 degrees or more. So what might Australia look like then?

This conference will:

  • draw on the best available science, and
  • bring together internationally and nationally renowned scientists and academics, to reflect on the likely social, ecological, economic and political implications of catastrophic warming for Australia and its region

FOUR DEGREES OR MORE? will occur at an important time for Australian climate politics and policy. In July, the PM will be making a statement on climate policy. By then the Garnaut Review Update will have been published. The Multi Party Climate Change Committee will have decided on the form of Australia’s carbon tax, generating a more focused debate about carbon pricing and complementary mitigation measures. The balance of power in the Senate will have changed. Legislation for a carbon tax will likely be progressing into Parliament.

On behalf of the Organising Committee, I would like to welcome you to this conference, which will provide you with the opportunity to participate in deliberation and debate among internationally and nationally renowned scientists and academics, and decision-makers in government, industry and the community sector, about both the prospects of Australia in a Four Degree world – and the opportunities and paths that can lead us, instead, towards a safer climate.

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