Climate change

OECD Global Forum on Sustainable Development: Economic Benefits of Climate Change Policies, 6-7 July 2006


Chair: Gary Yohe, Wesleyan University

A global forum on the economic benefits of climate change policies was held at OECD headquarters in Paris on 6-7 July 2006. Thirty-five experts and observers from around the globe participated in this forum, including experts from Africa and India. The themes approached were methods, metrics, national/sectoral reports, risk management, consumers' needs and provocative proposals to significantly advance the state of the art.

Summary Report (includes list of experts present)

a) Geography and Macroeconomics, William Nordhaus (Yale University): paperpresentation.

b) Cost of Climate Change: Methodological Aspects, Onno Kuik (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam): paperpresentation.

c) Cross-cutting Issues in Climate Change Impact Assessment, Alistair Hunt (University of Bath; Metroeconomica): paperpresentation.

Discussant: Charlie Kolstad (University of California, Santa Barbara): presentation

a) Coastal Zones: 2000-2500, Robert Nicholls (University of Southampton): paper: "Metrics for Assessing the Economic Benefits of CC Policies: Sea level rise", presentation.

b) Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Metrics for Agriculture, Cynthia Rosenzweig (Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York): presentation.

c) Issues for Ecosystems, Anthony Janetos (H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment): presentation.

d) Impacts of Climate Change as a (Social) Risk Assessment, Thomas Downing (Stockholm Environmental Institute): paperpresentation.

Discussant: Jean Palutikof (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

a) Economic Damages from Climate Change: An Assessment of Market Impacts, Larry Dale (University of California, Berkeley): paper (Hanemann & Dale), presentation.

b) The Social Cost of Carbon, Paul Watkiss (AEA Technology; Stockholm Environmental Institute): paperpresentation.

c) Climate Change Damages in Africa, Anthony Nyong (University of Jos, Nigeria): presentation.

d) Assessing the Impacts of and Adapting to Climate Change in India, Sumana Bhattacharya (Winrock International, India): presentation.

Discussant: Richard Klein (Stockholm Environmental Institute)

a) Risk management approaches to a climate policy portfolio, Roger Jones (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research): paper (Jones & Yohe), presentation.

b) Risk management approaches to a climate policy portfolio, Hadi Dowlatabadi (University of British Columbia): paper (Dowlatabadi & Cook), presentation presentation (given by Gary Yohe).

c) Placing climate policy in a portfolio of energy policies, Richard Tol (Hamburg, Vrije and Carnegie Mellon Universities): presentation.

d) Critical thresholds and "tipping points" in the Earth system, Stefan Rahmstorf (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research): presentation.

Discussant: Ian Burton (Environment Canada)

a) Robert O'Connor (US National Science Foundation): presentation "The Public and Climate Change Policies."

b) Ursula Fuentes (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Germany): presentation "Some comments from the point of view of policymakers."

c) Chris Hope (University of Cambridge): presentationpaper: "How much is better information about climate sensitivity worth?" (Hope & Alberth).

Summary report to be posted soon.


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