Quotes on environment, economics and climate change

I’m saving some quotes for my thesis here:

Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. Evo Morales

Some people call it global warming; some people call it climate change. What is the difference? Frank Luntz

There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it. David Attenborough

Your life~the way it looks today is a result of your choices…What will you choose today for your tomorrows? – Robert G. Allen

When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money. – Cree Prophecy

If the wars of [the 20th] century were fought over oil,
the wars of the next century will be fought over water.— Ismael Serageldin, former VP for sustainable Development at the World Bank (Newsweek, 1995)

 Water will be to the 21st Century what oil was to the 20th.—Fortune Magazine

Should Australia become world’s nuclear waste dump?

This plan was initiated by John Howard and George W. Bush in 2009 and now is being supported by Alexander Downer of the Liberal Party. For the enormous economic benefit, more and more people back the plan. I personally go for the other way, because of 4 reasons:

1/ Since you have “imported” the waste, there is no way to return it back, meaning high irreversibility .

2/ The nuclear “waste” will remain radioactive for thousands of years. For such a long time, the risk of leaking out is high.

3/ Australia’s reputation is about an environmentally friendly and safe country. It is an ideal place for nature tourism and eco-tourism. You dont want visitors to think that now it is a dump and they have to watch out for any thing they drink or eat.

4/ An essential condition for a good nuclear waste dump is being dry, which WA is quite eligible for. However, it might be different in the next thousand years. Was it very dry in Queensland some decades ago too? and now? flooding in recent two years!! Imagine what happens if there is a flood of nuclear contaminated water flowing on the flat WA?

Those are what occurred straight away in my mind since I heard the news.

Cutting edge conferences on climate change

It would be a big mistake if I don’t archive some recent conferences here. Indeed, the science of climate change is so new that we could consider conference papers as a main source of reference. This list is updated on a continual basis.

Firstly, pages help update conference lists: AEAEEPSEABioecon, UNEP

Secondly, conferences that I attempt to go

16 and 17 June 2011: Climate Economics and Law Conference, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.

12-14 July 2011: Four degrees or more, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia. (Videos are available)

9-12 July 2012: 2012 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (I was late for this one so please remind me next year).

18th June 2013: World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (Deadline: April 15th 2013)

18-20 March 2013: 1st European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (Deadline 1rd 2013)

December: Annual PhD Conference in Economics and Business at The University of Western Australia’s Business School

5th June 2013: International Conference on Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management for Urban Deltas in Sydney (Deadline: 20 Feb 2013). Paper Formatting Guidelines

July 2013: ACE in Perth (Deadline 30 April 2013)

July 2013: EAERE Feem Summer School

November 2013: PhD conference at ANU

4 Feb 2014: AARES 2014  (Closing date for submission of papers and posters 14 Oct 2013)

The Pacific Trade and Development Conference (PAFTAD) (every 12-18 months)

24-26 September 2014: Deltas in Times of Climate Change II (deadline 15 March).

IRDR conferences 2014 I should not miss it next year. Anw, there are plenty of information on jobs, research and conferences on the webpage.

17th Annual BIOECON Conference Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability (Deadline 22rd May)

20 July 2015: Summer Academy on Economic Growth and Governance of Natural Resources – Moscow (Deadline 1stApril)

02-20 Nov 2015, EEPSEA’s three-week intensive course in environmental and resource economics (Deadline 15 Aug)




UNESCO Fellowship. Aim at one like this

ANU Post-doc and Uni jobs

2015 Fulbright for lecturers (Deadline 15 Oct)

La Trobe Uni’s sustainability report

La Trobe is yet a role model, but the uni seems to have a right approach here. Just a result, sustainability report 2010 – Responsible Futures – is awarded for “Best First Time Report” by ACCA and Royal Society in London.

Plenty of notes from the report such as eco-friendly attitude 90%; 25% general waste recycle, etc, should be appropriately put around the uni. I saw they did so at ANU and that really helps with raising students’ pride on the uni as well as their environmentally friendly attitude.

2010:  Responsible Futures

2011:  Creating Futures

Bonus: A comprehensive document by UN on Sustainability