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An integrated approach to the greenhouse effect : Tasmania as a case study
thesisposted on 2023-05-26, 21:21 authored by Kinrade, P
This thesis argues that a positive and effective response to the greenhouse effect can and should be taken at the regional level despite uncertainties which surround the issue. By recognising the interconnections between the greenhouse effect and other environmental, economic and social issues it should be possible to devise a combination of mitigation and adaptation strategies which are of societal benefit, regardless of the extent and direction of climate change. This is the concept of an 'integrated approach'. If Tasmania and other like minded regions could successfully adopt this approach, it may act as a 'spur' to much needed, but contentious, international action. An examination of all aspects of the greenhouse effect from a Tasmanian perspective demonstrates the potential benefits to be gained from developing an integrated approach at the regional level. A comprehensive analysis of Tasmania's greenhouse gas emissions has been undertaken. The relative contribution of energy use in Tasmania to total greenhouse gas emissions (47%) is somewhat less than the corresponding share globally (57%), but emissions from land use modification in Tasmania (principally deforestation and biomass burning) contribute, proportionally, a high share to total greenhouse gas emissions (17%). Tasmania's 'mix' of greenhouse gas producing activities varies considerably from the rest of Australia and other parts of the world. Furthermore, the location of Tasmania in a distinct climatic zone suggests that climate changes predicted for other regions of Australia are not directly analogous to Tasmania. These examples indicate that Tasmania's interests will be best served by adopting mitigation and adaptation strategies that are suited to its own particular circumstances. By integrating greenhouse strategies with other long term environmental, economic and social objectives Tasmania stands to gain, regardless of the outcome of global warming, especially if those objectives are aimed at increasing the diversity, flexibility and sustainability of human and non-human systems.
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