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11 March 2005

More news in the run up to openDemocracy´s debate on the politics of climate change.

To the Galapagos islands from 12 to 20 March, where I will research the impact of anthropogenic climate change on one of this most wonderful biome... 

Multiple layers of human thoughtlessness are putting the future of this near miraculous web of life in doubt - one of those canaries in the coalmine for wider changes.  From Charles Darwin to Richard Dawkins, some of the finest minds have brought intellect, imagination and compassion to what exists in Galapagos.  Can we - 21st century humanity - bring similar capacities to bear on rescuing what little we do not exterminate?

Thence to California, where openDemocracy will moderate British Council debates in San Francisco and Los Angeles  on 22 and 24 March featuring Andrew Cox of Carbon Neutral Newcastle, Mark Goldthorpe of South East (England) Climate Change Partnersip and Steve Piltz of Sustain Consult on the future ZeroCarbonCity.

California's energy policies are in some respects significantly ahead of US Federal ones. And, with the size of its economy and regulatory independence, California is an important laboratory for the future.

Finally, some good news for openDemocracy's debate on the politics of climate change, which starts on 21 April, is that Prof Sir David King, the chief scientific advisor to the British government, will kick things off with a clear exposition of the nature of the science and political challenges we face.

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