Climate Change and Australia: Warming to the Global Challenge

9 August 2012

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The Sydney Law School are pleased to invite you to the launch of Climate Change and Australia: Warming to the Challenge (Federation Press, 2012) written by Ben Saul, Steven Sherwood, Jane McAdam, Tim Stephens and James Slezak.


Climate is one of the most hotly debated issues of this century. Internationally, leaders have come under unprecedented scrutiny by civil society.

As Australia and the world face the consequences of extreme weather including severe floods, devastating bushfires and coastal erosion, the question is asked: 'Is climate change the cause?' Drawing on expertise from science, economics, geography and international law, the authors demystify the confusion surrounding climate change which comes from inconsistent media reports, complex scientific data and terminology, alarming and often paralysing predictions, and deliberate obfuscation of fact by vested interests. The book examines the science of global warming and the responses required; Australia's vulnerabilities and reactions to date; global climate law and politics from Rio to CancĂșn and beyond; food insecurity, water scarcity and conflicts over resources; climate-related displacement and migration; and global governance of climate change.

This book provides a clear, balanced account of the science on climate change, how it is affecting Australia and the world, and the policy options available.


Ben Saul is Professor of International Law and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Faculty of Law, The University of Sydney.

Steven Sherwood is a Professor at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and Director of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

Jane McAdam is a Professor and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

Tim Stephens is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law.

James Slezak is a partner and head of the Sustainability Practice at New York-based social change agency Purpose, and an affiliate at the Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Time: 6.30pm (registration from 6pm)

Location: Gleebooks (Glebe Point Road, Glebe)

Cost: Free (registration essential)

Contact: Amber Colhoun

Phone: 9351 0460

Email: 383546611a005a160e1956265e00147e0f2804420505