is the author of the influential Garnaut
Climate Change Review
or Garnaut Report which examines the effects
that climate change will have on the Australian
economy, along with recommendations for
the government to take. The Garnaut Review
began on the 30th of April, 2007 with
the final report due to be handed to the
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in
Professor Ross Garnaut released a draft
report of the climate change review on
the 4th of July, 2008 at the National
Press Club in Canberra. The 600 page draft
report was handed to the audience in the
form of a compact disc rather than a weighty
paper book on its way to the nearest landfill.
The Garnaut Climate Change Review Draft
Report is also available to download online,
which was an offer taken up by many as
the Garnaut website (www.garnautreview.org.au)
was down or very slow for much of the
day the report was released.
At the release of the draft report, Ross
Garnaut said "While an effective
response to the challenge would play out
over the many decades, it must take shape
and be in place over the next few years.
Without early and strong action, some
time before 2020 we will realise we have
indelibly surrendered to forces that have
moved beyond our control."
Executive director of the Australian Conservation
Foundation (ACF) Don Henry said "Professor
Garnaut has delivered a credible, conservative
report, but even the most ambitious emission
reductions assessed by the Garnaut Review
only give us a 50-50 chance of saving
the Great Barrier Reef from complete devastation.
We cannot afford to take such a big gamble
with climate change if want our kids to
be able to see the Barrier Reef in real
life, not just in a documentary."