‘So all the cracks had gathered to the fray’

The title is a famous refrain from “The Man from Snowy River” by Banjo Paterson (1890) https://allpoetry.com/The-Man-from-Snowy-River. The highly valued colt from old Regret bolts to join the wild bush horses, ‘He was worth a thousand pound, So all the cracks had gathered to the fray’ to find him and bring him home.

Climate has bolted and will be exacerbated by global warming unless we mitigate it and adapt to the damage it causes. Those who value Earth and the quality of life of future generations are gathering to the fray to develop strategies that will slow the warming and rescue our climate from further irreversible changes. Already myriad lives, livelihoods, and habitats no longer exist because of the catastrophic effects of climate change.

In November 2022, more than 45,000 participants or ‘cracks’ attended the most recent gathering of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27.  No topic was more urgent than the inequities of national adaptation to climate change and, as the conference came to a close, an agreement was reached to provide funding for loss and damage to nations most vulnerable to floods, droughts and other climate disasters. 

National adaptation is highly inequitable and needs a transfer of resources from nations responsible for global warming to nations that generate few greenhouse gas emissions yet suffer most from its impacts.

In the current issue of Resources, Vol 12, Issue 1, (an international, open access, peer-reviewed, journal of scientific studies related to resources and published monthly online), my family gathered to the fray and published a paper https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9276/12/1/1 titled “The Inequities of National Adaptation to Climate Change”. We are proud to have our inequity map on the cover of the first issue of the new year, 2023 https://www.mdpi.com/journal/resources

We provide a collection of adaptive capacity and adaptation readiness indicators and aggregate them to create a composite adaptation index (CAI) to empirically assess the relative adaptation performance of nations. Results suggest that adaptation performance is closely and positively related to both national income per capita and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita. The map below illustrates the distribution of composite adaptation performance among 134 nations in our data set, with developed countries performing relatively well and developing countries (that contribute least to GHG emissions) performing relatively poorly. The nations most affected by climate change are least able to adapt. The white gaps on the map in Figure 1 indicate nations with insufficient data to be included in the study. The best performing nations are located at higher latitudes in the northern and southern hemispheres, and the worst performing nations are located in Africa and South Asia at lower latitudes closer to the equator. Our findings support the need for a loss and damage fund agreed to by the participants of COP27.

Figure 1 Composite Adaptation Indices CAI by Nation

We’ve been doing family research (2 Lovells and an Edmonds) on the environment for quite a few years now. Here’s some of our published research and conference presentations:

Papers in peer reviewed journals

“Productivity Decline in Australian Coal Mining,” (C. A. K. Lovell & J. E. Lovell), Journal of Productivity Analysis 40:3 (December 2013), 443-55.

“A Framework for Guiding the Management of Urban Stream Health,” (H. K. Millington, C. A. K. Lovell & J. E. Lovell), Ecological Economics 109 (2015), 222-33.

“A New Composite Index for Greenhouse Gases: Climate Science Meets Social Science,” (H. K. Edmonds, C. A. K. Lovell & J. E. Lovell), Resources 6 (2017), 62.

“A New Composite Climate Change Vulnerability Index,” (H. K. Edmonds, C. A. K. Lovell & J. E. Lovell), Ecological Indicators 117 (2020), 106529.

“The Inequities of National Adaptation to Climate Change,” (Heidi K. Edmonds, C. A. Knox Lovell and Julie E. Lovell), Resources 12:1 (2023).

Chapters in Books

“Assessing Stream Health with Respect to Ecological Connectivity,” (H. K. Edmonds, C. A. K. Lovell & J. E. Lovell), Chapter 5 in T. Ancev, M. A. S. Azad and F. Hernandez, eds., New Directions in Environmentally Adjusted Productivity Analysis and Efficiency Measurement. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar (2017).

Presentations

XII European Workshop on Efficiency & Productivity Analysis, Verona Italy 2011

VII North American Productivity Workshop, Rice University, Houston TX, USA 2012

School of Economics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia 2014

Australian Agriculture & Resource Economics Conference, Brisbane Australia 2017

Nankai University, Tianjin China 2017

Published by julzlovell

Researcher, Educator, Planet Lover, Grandmother who accepts the science of climate change. Drawing on life experiences and a background in Economics and Geography to share my opinions, stories, follies, gratitude and hope.

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