Cayman Institute Reports
Cayman Energy Policy Background Advisory Report May 2009 Large PDF doc
The Renewable Path to Energy Security - September 7th. 2007
Energy Future (PowerPoint) - September 7th. 2007
Climate Change & Water PDF Document
The Executive Summary Technical Paper "Climate Change and Water" is a document compiling water-related information already contained in and extracted from the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) for the use of water managers.
“Climate Change 2007” (PDF Document), has now been completed. Its final part, "The Synthesis Report" was released in Valencia, Spain, on 17 November 2007. Earlier this year, the three IPCC Working Groups contributions to the AR4 were released. The three Working Groups full reports are available online (see here below). Hardcopies of the Summaries for Policymakers + Technical Summaries are available for free in the 6 UN official languages upon request to the IPCC Secretariat. Hardcopies of the full reports can be purchased from Cambridge University Press. A limited number of free copies are available for academic institutions from developing countries and countries with economies in transition upon request to the Secretariat. The full Synthesis Report will be available on the website within a few weeks.
The Stern Review
Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economic Service and Adviser to the Government on the economics of climate change and development, is delighted to present his report to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Economics of Climate Change:
Scientific Reticence and Sea Level Rise - J E Hansen Published 24 May 2007
Abstract. I suggest that a 'scientific reticence' is inhibiting the communication of a threat of a potentially large sea level rise. Delay is dangerous because of system inertias that could create a situation with future sea level changes out of our control. I argue for calling together a panel of scientific leaders to hear evidence and issue a prompt plain-written report on current understanding of the sea level change issue.
The regrets of procrastination in climate policy June 2007
Klaus Keller, Alexander Robinson , David F Bradford and Michael Oppenheimer
Anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2 ) emissions are projected to impose economic costs due to the associated climate change impacts. Climate change impacts can be reduced by abating CO2 emissions. What would be an economically optimal investment in abating CO2 emissions? Economic models typically suggest that reducing CO2 emissions by roughly ten to twenty per cent relative to business-as-usual would be an economically optimal strategy. The currently implemented CO2 abatement of a few per cent falls short of this benchmark. Hence, the global community may be procrastinating in implementing an economically optimal strategy. Here we use a simple economic model to estimate the regrets of this procrastination—the economic costs due to the suboptimal strategy choice. The regrets of procrastination can range from billions to trillions of US dollars. The regrets increase with increasing procrastination period and with decreasing limits on global mean temperature increase. Extended procrastination may close the window of opportunity to avoid crossing temperature limits interpreted by some as ‘dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system’ in the sense of Article 2 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Global Climate Change.