Category Archives: openDemocracy

Climate change in 2009: the defining issue

In an open letter, I argue that the more immediate should not obscure the more urgent. Climate change must be at the forefront of the international agenda in 2009. Published in openDemocracy on 15 January 2009 A version of this letter … Continue reading

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The world and climate change: all together now

Published in openDemocracy, 7th December 2007. A version of this article is also being published by the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) The “global” problem of climate change is endlessly discussed, but rarely looked at in a cold … Continue reading

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Climate change: choosing the tools

by Tom Burke. Published on openDemocracy, on 21st December 2006. The right mix of political, technological and economic instruments is essential if the challenge of irreversible climate-change is to be met, says Tom Burke. Since the publication of the Stern report … Continue reading

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Climate change: time to get real

by Tom Burke. Published on openDemocracy, on 25th September 2006. The public argument on climate change has been transformed by a series of recent interventions by scientists. First, James E Hansen, the global doyen of climate scientists, announced that the world … Continue reading

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Capitalism, the environment, and sustainable development: replies to Jonathon Porritt

Published on openDemocracy, on 6 December, 2005. Read my response below, and follow this link to see the full article with all responses. A new book by the pioneering green campaigner Jonathon Porritt, “Capitalism As If the World Matters”, calls on … Continue reading

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The G8 and climate change: a campaigners’ scorecard

Was the G8 summit good for the prospects of limiting global climate change? Scientists and campaigners comment on the Gleneagles outcome. My answer to this question is below. To see all of the contributions- from Mayer Hillman, Camilla Toulmin &Saleemul Huq, … Continue reading

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Climate change and global security

by John Ashton and me. Published on openDemocracy, on 16th May 2005. This formed part of openDemocracy’s online debate on the politics of climate change, which was developed in partnership with the British Council. During the cold war the Bulletin of … Continue reading

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