Can we go on building roads and runways and save the planet?

This article considers the policy changes required to affect climate change and public reaction to them, from the viewpoint of Benny Peiser, a social anthropologist based in the UK. A recent report on the economics of climate change proposed a price on carbon emissions, which would increase the cost of transport. Governments are unwilling to make unpopular decisions, as carbon dioxide emissions are linked to economic growth: transport policies present particular problems in this way. Scientists disagree on how climate change will develop. Mr Peiser suggests that a technological approach could reduce carbon emissions but only over a two-generation timescale. Environmental campaigners may take up an increasingly extreme position if they feel their views are not being taken seriously. Global targets are unlikely to be met in the agreed timescale and do not include all countries. Mr Peiser proposes that economic success should be used to generate more research into environmental issues. (A)


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  • Accession Number: 01043761
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2007 8:20AM