17 May 2010 04:05:09
Academic slams climate change policy
A leading academic within the field of climate policy has issued a damning review of the current measures in place.
Gwyn Prins, a professor at the London School of Economics & Political Science, is one of 14 researchers from across the world who contributed to the Hartwell Paper.
The paper lays out a number of recommendations for the improvement of climate change policy, including creating more pragmatic goals, enhanced energy security and better access to energy.
It suggests the need to look at the influence of emissions other than CO2.
Professor Prins issued a damning review of the policies already in place, describing the Kyoto tax as "completely ineffective" and "open to abuse and corruption".
"We don't think carbon trading has worked, it doesn't change behaviour and it's not an effective way of raising money," he added.
The use of emissions targets was branded as "pointless", as was the creation of timetables, with Professor Prins saying that there is not yet enough understanding on what causes temperatures to fluctuate.