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date: Mon May 17 15:56:11 2004
from: Mike Hulme <m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: climate change science and policy in the UK
to: May.AkrawiatXYZxyz.gov.uk

Dear May,
Here a few suggestions which you could pass on. The report from the Parliamentary
Committee on Science and Technology which looked at how scientific advice on climate change
is received by the UK government is this report:
Scientific Advisory System: Scientific Advice on Climate Change 21 March 2001 Third Report
HC 14 ISBN 0 10 217501 2 �14.70
[1]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200001/cmselect/cmsctech/14/1402.htm
The Government's reponse to this Report, and also one from the Hadley Centre, is at:
[2]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200102/cmselect/cmsctech/493/49302.htm
The Tyndall Centre has done some work looking at what type of information on climate change
organisations in the UK need. We have written this up as a Working Paper at (a version due
to be published later this year in the journal Integrated Assessment is attached also):
[3]http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/publications/working_papers/wp31_summary.shtml
More widely, good literature on the issues raised by your correspondent would be the Public
Participation in sustainability science volume, edited by Bernd Kasemir, Jill Jager, Carlo
Jaeger and Matthew Gardner, CUP, 2003. A lot of the ULYSSES work was published in this
volume though there are also chapters from Tom Downing et al., Chris Anastasi, tim ORiordan
and Jan Rotmans etc. quite a lot of perspectives are reflected in the book, as well as a
variety of methodologies and tools and reasonably well referenced.
As for policy-makers, quite a lot has been done on this, and there is a volume edited by
Clark Miller and Paul Edwards (MIT press, 2002 I think or 2001) called Changing the
Atmosphere, which has quite a lot of the main writers on this subject. The chapter by Brian
Wynne and Sheila Jasanoff in Malone and Rayner edited volumes, Human Choice and climate
change, (1998?) is also relevant and builds on the work he and I did on science for policy
in Lancaster in the mid- to late-1990s.
I hope this leads are useful.
Mike
At 17:00 13/05/2004 +0100, you wrote:

Dear Mike,
Many thanks for the prompt and helpful reply. I attempted to find the parliamentary
report you mention below, without much luck. if you could give me any steer on the right
place to look, I'd be happy to try again.

any other insight/off the shelf reports/studies would be of great help.

Kind regards,
May
May G. Akrawi, PhD
Vice Consul, Science & Technology
British Consulate-General, Houston
Tel: +1 (713) 659 6275 (Ext. 2134)
Fax: +1 (713) 659 7094
Email: [4]may.akrawi@fco.gov.uk
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[5]www.uksciencetech.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Hulme [[6]mailto:m.hulme@uea.ac.uk]
Sent: 10 May 2004 09:03
To: May Akrawi Houston -UBS
Cc: David.WarrilowatXYZxyzra.gsi.gov.uk
Subject: Re: FW: Tony Blair's speech at the launch of the Climate Group
May,
I will consult with colleagues in the Tyndall Centre to see if there are any formal
UK studies done on this. It is of course a huge topic. For example, the way the
public and policymakers receive and use information will be entirely different. We
have a PhD student at present looking at how citizens react to visual portrayals of
climate change and whether it effects attitudes and behaviour. There was also a
Parliamentary Report in 2000 that looked at how the UK government received its
scientific information on climate change which would be worth getting hold of.
I will see if my colleagues come up with more examples.
Mike
At 22:39 07/05/2004 +0100, you wrote:

Dear Prof. Hulme,


I am the Science Attach� at the British Consulate-General in Houston and met David
Warrilow and colleagues from the Tyndall and Hadley centres, at the AAAS Climate
Change workshop in Seattle (Feb 2004).

David Warrilow referred me to you, in response to a email I had sent him. I wonder
if you can help me with this.

the main points of the email are:
-------------------------------------------------

I have a question from Dr. Vedlitz, head of science policy at the Bush school of
public policy (Texas A&M) re: decision making over S&T issues (in response to an
article I sent him on the PM's speech at the climate Group launch. I include a
paragraph from his email (full text is below). I have bolded the sentence on climate
change for emphasis:

In our studies we are focusing on how the public and policy-makers receive and
interpret scientific information on climate change and use it in their
decision-making. Our goal is to identify the types of scientific information that
are more readily accepted and used, the processes through which science information
moves through the policy process and conditions in scientific information that limit
or restrict its utility to decision-making.

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Kind regards,
May
May G. Akrawi, PhD
Vice Consul, Science & Technology
British Consulate-General, Houston
Tel: +1 (713) 659 6275 (Ext. 2134)
Fax: +1 (713) 659 7094
Email: [7]may.akrawi@fco.gov.uk

[8]www.uksciencetech.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Warrilow, David (GA) [[9]mailto:David.Warrilow@defra.gsi.gov.uk]
Sent: 07 May 2004 04:12
To: May Akrawi Houston -UBS
Subject: RE: Tony Blair's speech at the launch of the Climate Group
May,

Nice to hear from you again. Seems a long time since Seattle!

On your Q we have not carried out any studies of the type described but I believe
there have been a number of academic studies related to this carried out in the UK.
A good start would be to contact Tyndall Centre who have a social science strand in
their work. I suggest you contact Mike Hulme, but do come back to me if you don't
get any joy. Contact details below.

Regards

David





-----Original Message-----
From: May.AkrawiatXYZxyz.gov.uk [[10]mailto:May.Akrawi@fco.gov.uk]
Sent: 06 May 2004 20:09
To: Warrilow, David (GA)
Subject: FW: Tony Blair's speech at the launch of the Climate Group
Dear David,
it's been a while since we met in Seattle. it was a pleasure meeting you and
attending the workshop. we've been promoting this to our regional contacts, along
with Sir David's speech.
I have a question from Dr. Vedlitz, head of science policy at the Bush school of
public policy (Texas A&M) re: decision making over S&T issues (in response to an
article I sent him on the PM's speech at the climate Group launch. I include a
paragraph from his email (full text is below). I have bolded the sentence on climate
change for emphasis:
In our studies we are focusing on how the public and policy-makers receive and
interpret scientific information on climate change and use it in their
decision-making. Our goal is to identify the types of scientific information that
are more readily accepted and used, the processes through which science information
moves through the policy process and conditions in scientific information that limit
or restrict its utility to decision-making.
Could you please help me in responding to Dr. Vedlitz?
Many thanks,
May
May G. Akrawi, PhD
Vice Consul, Science & Technology
British Consulate-General, Houston
Tel: +1 (713) 659 6275 (Ext. 2134)
Fax: +1 (713) 659 7094
Email: [11]may.akrawi@fco.gov.uk

[12]www.uksciencetech.com
-----Original Message-----
From: Christian Turner Washi -Conf
Sent: 28 April 2004 16:58
To: May Akrawi Houston -UBS
Cc: Hans Verolme Washi -Conf
Subject: RE: Tony Blair's speech at the launch of the Climate Group
Best person for this on climate change is Dr David Warrilow, head of science in
Defra's global atmosphere division. He acts as the interface between science &
policy and controls the climate change research budget. He is best contacted at
[13]david.warrilow@defra.gsi.gov.uk
On the more general question, you should direct him to the Office of Science &
Technology website and discussion of how science is used in policy making.
[14]http://www.ost.gov.uk/policy/advice/index.htm
Christian
-----Original Message-----
From: May Akrawi Houston -UBS
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 5:25 PM
To: Christian Turner Washi -Conf
Cc: Hans Verolme Washi -Conf
Subject: FW: Tony Blair's speech at the launch of the Climate Group
Christian,
could you please help me with this question. Dr. Vedlitz is the head of science
policy at Texas A&M's Bush School of public policy. One of the State university
which produces reports to advise TX policy makers. would you know whom I should
contact or where to look for the type of information he's asking for?
Many thanks,
May
-----Original Message-----
From: avedlitzatXYZxyzhschool.tamu.edu [[15]mailto:avedlitz@bushschool.tamu.edu]
Sent: 28 April 2004 16:25
To: May Akrawi Houston -UBS
Cc: lalston@bushschool.tamu.edu; elindquist@bushschool.tamu.edu;
mrogersatXYZxyzhschool.tamu.edu
Subject: RE: Tony Blair's speech at the launch of the Climate Group
Hi, May.
In our studies we are focusing on how the public and policy-makers receive and
interpret scientific information on climate change and use it in their
decision-making. Our goal is to identify the types of scientific information that
are more readily accepted and used, the processes through which science information
moves through the policy process and conditions in scientific information that limit
or restrict its utility to decision-making.
It would be great to learn of UK colleagues doing work that relates to this focus,
even if just a little.
Thanks.
Arnie
-----Original Message-----
From: May.AkrawiatXYZxyz.gov.uk [[16]mailto:May.Akrawi@fco.gov.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 4:14 PM
To: avedlitzatXYZxyzhschool.tamu.edu
Cc: lalston@bushschool.tamu.edu; elindquist@bushschool.tamu.edu;
mrogersatXYZxyzhschool.tamu.edu
Subject: RE: Tony Blair's speech at the launch of the Climate Group
Dear Arnie,
it was a pleasure to see you in DC. sorry I had to rush off to catch the rest of my
group. I look forward to renewing our contact and looking at the many ways we can
work together on various policy issues.
climate change is definitely an area where the UK is very active at the moment and I
will be more than happy to dig up the right information and contacts for you and
TAMU colleagues.
Do you mind giving me a bit more information on the type of survey you're looking
for? we have a lot on Policy and on the Science the technology side, both from
governmental and academic sources. I would also recommend a quick look on our
[17]www.uksciencetech.com web site for the workshop our Washington team put
together at AAAS, for a joint US-UK dialogue on climate change. it has PowerPoint
presentations from key people and on the UK side, includes the Tyndall and Hadley
centres, two of our key institutions working on these issues.
we also spoke of a visit to TAMU and I hope we can organise that in the next few
weeks. if there's a specific event to attend, it's always a plus. if not, I don't
want to leave it too long.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kind regards,

May
May G. Akrawi, PhD
Vice Consul, Science & Technology
British Consulate-General, Houston
Tel: +1 (713) 659 6275 (Ext. 2134)
Fax: +1 (713) 659 7094
Email: [18]may.akrawi@fco.gov.uk
[19]www.uksciencetech.com
-----Original Message-----
From: avedlitzatXYZxyzhschool.tamu.edu [[20]mailto:avedlitz@bushschool.tamu.edu]
Sent: 28 April 2004 16:10
To: May Akrawi Houston -UBS
Cc: lalston@bushschool.tamu.edu; elindquist@bushschool.tamu.edu;
mrogersatXYZxyzhschool.tamu.edu
Subject: RE: Tony Blair's speech at the launch of the Climate Group
Hi, May.
Thanks for sending this. Good to see you in DC. Sorry we didn't have more time to
visit.
We're doing some stuff on global climate change now and have been looking for
colleagues in Europe who may have done national surveys of this in their country.
Can you help us with some contacts in the UK?
Arnie
-----Original Message-----
From: May.AkrawiatXYZxyz.gov.uk [[21]mailto:May.Akrawi@fco.gov.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 3:55 PM
Subject: Tony Blair's speech at the launch of the Climate Group
Dear Colleagues,
The Climate Group, a new coalition of the world's leading reducers of greenhouse gas
emissions, was officially launched on 27 April by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The event marks a significant moment in the effort to draw more businesses and
governments into making the emissions reductions necessary to slow global climate
change. The Climate Group has been founded to foster wider independent action on
greenhouse gases, building on the experiences of a core of leading reducers
worldwide.
The Prime Minister's speech was followed by a panel discussion and series of
presentations from a range of key business and policy representatives included:
Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;
Professor Sir David King, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government; Sir John
Bond, Group Chairman, HSBC; Jeffrey Swartz, President and CEO, Timberland;
Jean-Francois Sautin, Managing Director, Lafarge Cement UK; Karen De Segundo, CEO
Shell Renewables, Russell Horner, CEO NorskeCanada; Arnold Brandyberry, COO
Connecticut Innovations; Anne Baker, Deputy Secretary, California EPA; and Nicky
Gavron, Member of The London Assembly.
The Prime Minister's Speech: [22]http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/page5716.asp
The Climate Group: [23]http://www.theclimategroup.org/
The Climate Group, a not-for-profit organisation leading a new coalition of the
world's leading reducers of greenhouse gas emissions, was officially launched on 27
April by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Membership: Membership of The Climate Group is open to all companies, NGOs and
local, regional and national governments committed to adopting a leadership agenda
on climate protection and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Group
will actively seek out those organizations that fulfill these criteria. However, we
operate an open door policy - any organisation may enquire about joining.
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Please let me know if you have any questions on this, or other Climate Change issues
relating to the UK. You can also find the full text of Sir David King's speech on
climate change (with PowerPoint slides), at AAAS in Seattle, on
[24]www.uksciencetech.com .
Kind regards,
May
May G. Akrawi, PhD
Vice Consul, Science & Technology
British Consulate-General, Houston
Tel: +1 (713) 659 6275 (Ext. 2134)
Fax: +1 (713) 659 7094
Email: [25]may.akrawi@fco.gov.uk

[26]www.uksciencetech.com
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