Experts available to comment on Copenhagen Climate Change talks

Date: 17/12/2009

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to discuss measures to address climate change, the University of Western Sydney can provide experts to comment on the economic, legal and social impact the proposals may have on Australians.

A special Online Media Brief web page highlighting the views of UWS experts, including short videos, and details on Climate Change research can be found at:

Some of the experts available for media comment include:
*Professor Steven Freeland is Professor in International Law at UWS and teaches Public International Law, Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law and Commercial Aspects of Space Law.

Professor Freeland can comment on the progress and potential outcomes of negotiations for international agreements at Copenhagen.

*Professor Donna Craig, a specialist in international, comparative and national environmental law and policy, is a member of the Social and Environmental Responsibility Research Group within the UWS School of Law.

Professor Craig can comment on the impact of international action to combat climate change on the rights of indigenous and vulnerable people.

She can also explain the 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation' proposal, also known as REDD.

*Professor Michael Jeffery QC is Professor in Environmental Law at UWS and head of the UWS Social and Environmental Responsibility Research Group.

Professor Jeffery can comment on current international discussions, offer expert comparisons with the Kyoto Protocol and explore the key factors necessary to make new proposals work.

*Professor Bill Bellotti is an agronomist who holds the Vincent Fairfax Chair in Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development in the UWS School of Natural Sciences.

Professor Bellotti can comment on the challenges facing agriculture from climate change and carbon pollution reduction schemes. He can also discuss the 'bottleneck' expected over the next few decades as global population growth and rising living standards increase the demand for food, water and resources while climate change makes it more difficult to produce food.

Please contact the UWS Media Unit on, or the numbers below, for further details or to arrange interviews.



Senior Media Officer

Paul Grocott
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