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Climate Change Conference this July in Melbourne

FOUR DEGREES OR MORE? Australia in a Hot World explores the unintended consequences of current domestic and international climate policies.

Held in Melbourne 12-14 July the conference 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?

Four Degrees or More 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

The timing of this conference is extremely important 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.

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