Experts from the Center for Strategic and International Studiesdiscuss their findings on the politics of climate change in Asia, the region’s response to natural disasters, and implications for the future geometry of Asia’s institutions and US policy in the region.
During this year’s Salzburg Trilogue, Dennis Snower gave an interview on the Global Economic Symposium’s attempt to create global identity. He concludes that global problems like climate change and the financial crisis cannot be sufficiently addressed on the national level; they require global cooperation and global solutions.
“The GES is about creating a neutral open space in which we can understand that we are a global community; in which we are prepared to take on global responsibilities and understand that as the world has become interconnected and globalized, we have become interconnected in various important ways. (…) The GES grew out of the realization that we must come together as a global community – that we are increasingly a global economy, but not a global society.”
As global connections led to global problems, the need to develop collective rules of governance become apparent. Of the myriad issues calling for global governance, nothing is perhaps more urgent than a global agreement to deal with the threat of climate change.
Juan J. Daboub founded the Global Adaptation Institute. It is a non-profit environmental organization guided by a vision of building resilience against climate change and other global forces as a key component to sustainable development. Their mission is to enhance the world’s understanding of the urgency for adaptation to climate change and other global forces and the support needed through private and public investments for developing countries.
During a two-day international conference in May 2010, ‘‘The Great Transformation – Greening the Economy,’’ 400 international guests discussed how to achieve a comprehensive transformation of our societies into ‘‘Low Carbon Societies,’’ and the ecological remodeling of industrial society.
One of the most troubling things about democracy is that it is famously bad at addressing problems that will hit critical mass some day in the future – when current elected leaders will no longer be in office. Climate change is a case in point…
The political order of liberal democracy is incapable of rising to the challenge of global environmental catastrophe. Australia’s experience under John Howard suggests that it is time to think radically and embrace a post-democratic approach, says David Shearman.
Winston Churchill once noted, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” But have the pressing problems facing us today — looming peak oil, climate change, the still-strangled credit markets — given other forms of government an edge over democracy?
The interrelationship between climate protection and political systems continues to gain more and more attention in the public arena. The Boell Foundation started a debate on it, based on a paper by Peter Burnell.
With the race on to reduce global warming and fossil fuel dependency, experts in alternative energy see a bright future for renewable resources like wind, solar, hydro-power and geothermal energy. QUEST and Climate Watch team up to look at the “Smart Grid” of the future and how it might be improved to more cleanly and efficiently keep the lights on in California.