Oct 102015

793b1af2668b7e2ff1b9f29cb3bbfb94-bpfullHumans become unwell and can die from cold and heat.  Shilu Tong has spent the last few years unravelling the effects of both on emergency hospital admissions and deaths.

In addition to assembling the numbers, he has made some forecasts on how human health and mortality will change in a warmer world, using data not only from the Australian city of Brisbane where he’s based (at Queensland University of Technology), but also in a recent study published in the Lancet, globally, with a multi-year data-base of 74 million deaths.

Shilu and colleagues have also listed some important measures policy-makers should consider to respond to this challenge.

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Oct 032015

Today’s guest, Leah Stokes, has looked deeply into the politics of renewable energy. She outlines Ontario’s solar feed-in tariff experience and the pivotal role of pricing on public support, and how Arizona has become a case-study of regulatory capture by the power utilities.  lstokes-1

She’s studied how voting in Ontario was influenced by local opposition to wind turbines. Was it significant or not?  How far did any voting effects extend? Hear her conclusions and how they exemplify “spatially distorted signalling”.

Finally, Leah explains why India and China are heading down different paths in their approach to mercury emissions from coal-fired power, in the wake of the Minamata Convention – one of the few multilateral enviromental agreements to come to fruition in recent years.

Leah is a political scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. You can learn more about her research here.

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