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The UNFCCC promotes action on global warming in spite of the uncertainty surrounding its precise extent and impacts, based on what is called the ‘precautionary principle’ [see Kuntz-Duriseti (2004)]. This principle basically allows the international implementation of GHG reduction strategies like the Kyoto Protocol before there is absolute scientiﬁc certainty, based on avoidance of serious or irreversible damage to the environment [UNFCCC (2001)]. The economist William Nordhaus asserts that, though “a massive eﬀort to slow climate change would be premature” we must be alert to the possibility of “catastrophic and irreversible changes” [Nordhaus (1994)].
3. Place Your Bets As I’ve said, the key diﬃculty faced in predicting both the economic costs of global warming and the costs of GHG reduction strategies is the, often large, degree of uncertainty inherent in such predictions. On a time scale of hundreds of years, predictions involve a signiﬁcant amount of guesswork, but such time-scales are short in terms of global climate dynamics. Even the most convincing economic argument against cuts in GHG emissions is essentially gambling on our future, betting against the possibility of catastrophic climatic events caused by global warming.
3. The values shown are estimates May 17, 2007 23:24 WSPC/SPI-B424 From Earthquakes to Global Warming 30 ch02 Y. Malhi (a) (b) Fig. 2 (a) Total carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion and cement production since 1750, divided by region. Data from Marland (2001), (b) Estimated cumulative carbon emissions since the start of human history, plotted since 1850. Data from Marland (2001) and Houghton (pers. ). Figure derived from one in Malhi et al. (2002). 0 Fig. 3 An estimated carbon budget for the 1990s.