Steve Hatfield-Dodds

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The sustainability of regional development can be usefully explored through several different lenses. In situations in which uncertainties and change are key features of the ecological landscape and social organization, critical factors for sustainability are resilience, the capacity to cope and adapt, and the conservation of sources of innovation and(More)
Since the late 1980s, the concept of precaution has been incorporated into numerous international agreements and laws, as well as in domestic statutes and policies in many countries. This paper examines the international emergence of the concept and its application in Australia. Despite rapid growth in adoption of the so-called ‘precautionary principle’,(More)
The Stern (2006) and Garnaut (2008) Reviews argued for strong and early action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, while Nordhaus (2001, 2006, 2008a, 2010a) has consistently argued for weaker and more gradual policy action. While the economic debate immediately following the Stern Review focused on discount rates, the more recent literature draws(More)
Over two centuries of economic growth have put undeniable pressure on the ecological systems that underpin human well-being. While it is agreed that these pressures are increasing, views divide on how they may be alleviated. Some suggest technological advances will automatically keep us from transgressing key environmental thresholds; others that policy(More)
914 26 FEBRUARY 2016 • VOL 351 ISSUE 6276 sciencemag.org SCIENCE P H O T O : © K E R R Y W H IT W O R T H / A L A M Y S T O C K P H O T O for potable water also needs to be evaluated to determine how much should be spent to ensure microbiological safety and integrity of the distribution system. To understand the long-term properties of water distribution(More)
Adaptive governance is a concept from institutional theory that deals with the evolution of institutions for the management of shared assets, particularly common pool resources and other forms of natural capital. This paper is the first of a set of four papers on adaptive governance, providing a brief overview of the history of the concept, the(More)
Climate science sometimes seems to have overtaken economics as the most dismal science. But a study by Rogelj et al. on page 79 of this issue might just change that. The authors quantify the importance of five ‘uncertainties’ that are thought to influence the chance of limiting global temperatures to different levels, using a suite of models to generate(More)
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