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Tuesday 15:00-15:30
Richard Daniel chairs the interactive environmental programme in which he and his guests deal with listener's questions and concerns.
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Listen to 9 January 2007
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Tuesday 9 January 2007
Earth ©NASA

Panel

Dr Ros Tayor, Kingston University

Dr Nick Riley, British Geological Survey

Professor Philip Stott



TOPICS


Cut flowers from Kenya

How sustainable is this multi-million pound business?

Flora culture International

World Flowers

Biotechnology and Development Monitor (from 1994)

The Guardian

The Guardian

Ethical Consumer


Ozone over the North and South Poles


Why has there been such a difference in the loss of ozone over the Antarctic compared with the Arctic?

British Antarctic Survey

Queen Mary University of London

NASA

Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge

University of Hawaii

International Polar Year



Daylight Saving


JR Stockton's website

National Maritime Museum


Celsius and Centigrade



BBC h2g2

History of Measurement

A brief history of temperature measurement

National Research and Development Centre


Global Fossil Fuel Levy



Home Planet listener and Oceanographer, Pat Hyder proposed a global fossil fuel levy to both tackle climate change and address poverty in the developing world. This is the extract from his, yet unpublished, paper:

Given the widespread current concern regarding our failure to control carbon dioxide emissions and the expected depletion of oil, gas and coal resources, it would seem timely to re-examine the feasibility of a levy on fossil fuels (i.e. a form of carbon tax). A novel approach would be to implement the levy globally and use the sizeable revenue generated to finance investment in sustainable development and the reduction of poverty. The recent International Energy Agency report 'Energy Technology Perspectives - Scenarios and Strategies to 2050' states 'the world is not heading for a sustainable energy future' and 'this alarming outlook can be changed but it will require substantial investment' in energy efficiency and technology. Furthermore G8 2005 aid objectives towards the UN Millennium Development Goals require large increases in aid investment. Such a levy would therefore constitute an integrated approach to achieving accepted climate, energy and development goals, for which funding will anyway need to be sourced. It would, of course, be naïve to imagine that international agreement on such a levy would be easy to attain, and details such as waivers for developing countries would need to be determined. Present circumstances, however, require that every avenue should be explored.

What do you think about Pat's idea? Contact Home Planet to have your say on this and other topics in the programme.


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