Charles Kolstad: International Press Institute Talk 2009

Bren Professor Delivers Talk at International Media Gathering

Bren professor of environmental economics and policy Charles Kolstad delivered a talk as part of a panel that addressed the topic "Footprints, Fossil Fuels and Food Prices: Reporting on Climate Change" at the 58th International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress, held June 6-9 in Helsinki, Finland.

Professor Kolstad's talk, titled "Moving to Decarbonization," sketched out a scenario in which carbon emissions are controlled via regulatory and tax policy in such a way as to avoid shocking the economic system and disrupting modern lifestyles. The key, he suggests, is a gradual approach.

According to IPI director David Dadge, the Helsinki congress focused "not only on press freedom issues, but also on the many political, economic, environmental and technological challenges facing the world today," including climate change.

The IPI is a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists founded in the early 1950s and "dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom, the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, the promotion of the free flow of news and information, and the improvement of the practices of journalism."

Read Professor Kolstad's complete address.