Introduction to House of Lords Submissions

Introduction to House of Lords Submissions EE 16-3-Okonski1_p2.qxd 30-6-05 9:54 am Page 547 Kendra Okonski and Julian Morris Between January and March 2005, the UK’s House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry into “Aspects of the Economics of Climate Change”. Included in this volume are several individual submissions to that Committee, all of which cast doubt on the ability of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to represent clearly and impartially the important issues which relate to the climate change debate: the accuracy of the economics which informs its projections and forecasts, the science, the variance of damage estimates depending on those projections, the implications for policy and what all of this entails for finding the least costly and most effective ways to deal with the negative effects of climate change. The inquiry was in part inspired by efforts of two eminent economists, Ian Castles and David Henderson, to analyse the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, which generates the emissions forecasts that underpin the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Some of that debate has taken place in the pages of Energy and the Environment. It is thus appropriate that David Henderson’s article – “SRES, IPCC and Treatment of Economic Issues: http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Energy & Environment SAGE

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SAGE
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© 2005 SAGE Publications
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0958-305X
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2048-4070
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10.1260/0958305054672411
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EE 16-3-Okonski1_p2.qxd 30-6-05 9:54 am Page 547 Kendra Okonski and Julian Morris Between January and March 2005, the UK’s House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry into “Aspects of the Economics of Climate Change”. Included in this volume are several individual submissions to that Committee, all of which cast doubt on the ability of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to represent clearly and impartially the important issues which relate to the climate change debate: the accuracy of the economics which informs its projections and forecasts, the science, the variance of damage estimates depending on those projections, the implications for policy and what all of this entails for finding the least costly and most effective ways to deal with the negative effects of climate change. The inquiry was in part inspired by efforts of two eminent economists, Ian Castles and David Henderson, to analyse the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, which generates the emissions forecasts that underpin the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Some of that debate has taken place in the pages of Energy and the Environment. It is thus appropriate that David Henderson’s article – “SRES, IPCC and Treatment of Economic Issues:

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