Liberty Institute in collaboration with Mumbai University, in partnership with Friedrich Naumann – Stiftung fur die freiheit plan to hold this capacity building conference providing an opportunity to Indian and international scholars and policy makers to exchange ideas, and learning.
The conference may cover following themes and related issues.
Theme 1: Science of climate change
Theme 2: Extreme weather in the Indian subcontinent
Theme 3: Changing sea level (regional & global)
Theme 4: Monsoon variability and its impact on agriculture
Theme 5: Climate of discourse and India’s policy options
About the Conference
Over the past few years, the scientific debate has intensified on the nature and possible causes underlying changing climate. Questions have arisen over the significance of man-made green house gases in stimulating global warming. Science progresses through such rational criticism and objective discourse, and not through consensus invoked by any authority.
The United Nation’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, was formed in 1988, to provide an assessment of global climate change. IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) released in 2007, linked the warming over the past 30 yrs, about 0.7 C, to anthropogenic green house gases, particularly CO2. At he UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), countries have been debating possible carbon emission targets to minimize future adverse impact of changing climate on human societies.
However, over the last few years, a number of errors
have been found in the AR4. Also, a number of plausible alternative
theories have emerged explaining possible changes in climate.
Consequently, there is a growing need to reassess the policy options and
the economic impact of climate. The government of India too has taken a
number of initiatives to improve understanding of the underlying
science and policy options.
In view of the upcoming annual UNFCCC meeting in South Africa, this conference could contribute to enriching the public discussion. The theme also reflects the relevance of the topics in the Indian context. For instance the importance of monsoon in India and its impact on agricultural development cannot be overstated. Likewise, with thousands of kilometers of coast line, any possibility of changes in sea level needs to be seriously assessed.
The purpose of this international conference is to initiate a fresh discussion on the different dimension of the debate on global warming. The aim is to build a movement, a network of scientists, economists, policymakers, elected representatives and concerned citizens who believe in sound science and economic policy options. The goal is to limit the rampant fear mongering, exaggerated claims and media hype, which are casting a shadow on rational assessment of climate and objectively shaping policy, if any, to address the possible impact of changes in climate.
When & Where
Liberty Institute is an independent think tank dedicated to empowering the people by harnessing the power of the market. It seeks to build understanding and appreciation of the four institutional pillars of a free society – Individual Rights, Rule of Law, Limited Government and Free Market.
The Institute undertakes a number of activities, among them research and advocacy on public policy issues. It organises conferences and seminars, and has a publications programme. The Institute is working on a range of public policy issues, including economic development and trade policy, energy policy and environmental quality, education and health policies, democracy and governance reforms, intellectual property rights and innovation, among others