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SEI Key Researchers Comment on COP21: What Can We Expect?

Experts from the Sydney Environment Institute comment on the upcoming environment talks.

With the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) coming up, here are what some of the Sydney Environment Institute academics are saying:

“Climate change has become a loaded term in Australia. If you speak about weather variability or weather risk, people whose livelihoods depend on predictable and stable weather patterns—i.e. farmers involved with rain-fed agriculture—are seeing changes in Australia and across the globe.”

“The trends towards increasing weather variability would seem to be strengthening and they are already impacting on agricultural production.”

Associate Professor Robyn Alders
Faculty of Veterinary Science & Researcher of the Food, People and the Planet Node, Sydney Environment Institute



“Paris is not the be-all and end-all for global climate change action. Incremental changes over the past ten years have delivered pockets of success all over the globe, and those will continue post-Paris regardless of what happens. Why wait for the outcomes of Paris? There is plenty of engagement already taking place.”

PhD student Lisette Collins
Specialises in climate change adaptation policy at the local government level across Australia

Read her full article here



“In the lead-up to the Paris climate talks, business has emerged as a key player in discussions around reducing greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining economic growth. Large global corporations play a key role in the production of emissions, but are also central to the market and technological innovation required to respond to this threat.”

Professor Christopher Wright
The University of Sydney Business School & Convenor of the Balanced Enterprise Research Network, Sydney Environment Institute
Professor Wright is the co-author of a new book on this subject – Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations: Processes of Creative Self-Destruction.



“While all of the attention is, importantly, on emissions targets, there is no doubt that some level of climate change is locked in, and that adaptation planning will be part of the discussion. This is crucial for Australia, which is already at the forefront of the impacts of a changing climate and which wants to have a role in the Climate Fund that will finance many adaptation projects in the region.”

Professor David Schlosberg
Department of Government and International Relations & Co-director of Sydney Environment Institute