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Environment: science & politics - speech on the occasion of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment ceremony, St Andrews: 12 May 2010.
Tomorrow's Kent: keeping the lights on - Speech to the Bay Trust, St Margaret's Bay, Kent, at the Pines Calyx Conference Centre, 20 April 2010.
Sustainability in China: attitudes past, present and future - Address to the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, at the Naval and Military Club, St James's Square, 23 November 2009.
Vulnerable earth (2) - the Miguel Aleman Foundation Lecture by Crispin Tickell, delivered in Mexico DF, 24 September 2007.
Environmental challenges facing the property industry - Keynote address to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors International Valuation Conference at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London, 15 November 2006.
L'environnement au bord du gouffre - Earth Champions : Athena Foundation. Lausanne : Dimanche 5 juin 2005 (French version).
Environment on the edge - Earth Champions: Athena Foundation. Lausanne: Sunday 5 June 2005 (English version).
Sustainability: from the natural to the human world - Lecture in the Global Environmental Change Lecture Series, University of East Anglia. 22 February 2005. "There have been some 30 urban civilizations before our own. All eventually crashed. Why? The reasons range from damage to the environmental base on which they rested to the mounting costs in human, economic and organizational terms of maintaining them ... "
The ecological challenge in a global context - Lecture to Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona. Friday 18 February 2005.
Sustainable development - Speech to the 5th Green China Forum. Beijing, 27 October 2004.
Earth beware: climate change, sustainability, and the human prospect - Lecture to the Department of Earth Sciences' "Earth Aware" Conference. The Open University, 15 September 2004.
Life sciences in a new climate - address to the 15th CABI Conference: New Approaches to a Changed World. Beijing, 22 April 2004.
Making growth sustainable - Notes for talk on Sustainable Development, State Environment Protection Agency. Beijing: 20 April 2004.
The ecological challenge in a global context - lecture for the M.Sc. in Responsibility & Business Practice Course, University of Bath. 2 March 2004.
Sustainability: the way forward - Lecture to the Scottish Council Foundation, Ramsay Garden Seminar Series, Edinburgh, 15 January 2004. "George Bush senior tried to reassure the American people by saying that no-one was going to change the American way of life. Apparently George Bush junior thinks the same. They are both dead wrong. North Americans must change their way of life, as we in Europe must change ours."
The no-win madness of catch-22 subsidies - an analysis of the $2 trillion a year paid by taxpayers in perverse subsidies that defy economic rationality and cause immense human and environmental harm. Co written with Norman Myers. Published in the Financial Times, 28 July 2003. "The OECD countries account for two thirds of perverse subsidies, and the United States over one fifth. A typical British taxpayer pays at least 1,000 a year to fund perverse subsidies, then pays another 500 through increased prices for consumer goods and through environmental degradation... "
The United Nations, multilateralism and the environment - St Edmund's College Law Society Lecture, Cambridge. CT describes how the US's diplomatic blundering over the Iraq War and its rejection of international treaties and concensus-building has damaged the UN - but not fatally. "As for the role of the United Nations and its agencies in dealing with the major issues of sustainability, climate change and protection of the environment, there is simply no other place or institution capable of organizing and promoting planetary action."
Water: the big issue for the 21st Century - a talk to the Oxford International Biomedical Centre, Magdalen College School, Oxford. 2003-03-31
International Governance for Sustainable Development - a talk to the OECD Ministerial Round Table on Sustainable Development, OECD: Paris.
Wholeness - Preface to Keeping Things Whole - Readings in Environmental Science: 21 selections from key thinkers in the natural sciences, social sciences, literature and philosophy. Published by The Great Books Foundation, Chicago, USA, March 2003. "In spite of recent increases in understanding, environmental science is still in its infancy, not least because so many of the interconnections between biological and physical processes have yet to be put together. Interdisciplinarity is never easy, but never more necessary. This book is a real contribution towards it ... "
Under the sun - a talk given to Watson International Scholars of the Environment at Brown University, USA, following the Johannesburg Summit. "Johannesburg was a meeting which in no way responded to the many threats facing the good health of the Earth as a whole. Nor did it suggest rational ways of coping with them..."
Johannesburg and its aftermath - lecture to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
China faces up to environmental challenges - article for BBC News Online by Alex Kirby, 20 November 2002.
'Poor prospects' for Earth Summit - article for BBC News Online by Alex Kirby, 15 July 2002.
Sustainability and conservation: prospects for Johannesburg - lecture to the Society for Conservation Biology Conference at the University of Kent at Canterbury, on the prospects for the [then] forthcoming Johannesburg Summit; 15 July 2002.
Politics and freedom - notes for a speech to the Cheshire Pitt Club, Chester; 25 January 2002.
Hidden connections a review of "The Hidden Connections - Integrating the Biological, Cognitive, and Social Dimensions of Life into a Science of Sustainability", by Fritjof Capra. Financial Times.
Mao's war against nature - review of Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China, by Judith Shapiro. "Mao believed that what had worked for other industrial countries should work for China. He ignored the consequences of over-extraction of resources, air, land and water pollution, erosion of hill sides, flooding and salinization of irrigated areas, reclamation that led to desertification, and all the other ills of unsustainable human activity..."
Visions of the 21st Century - a view to the future at the turn of the Millennium. "In so far as we can peer a hundred years ahead, we can wish our successors well, and hope that they will enjoy more of an equilibrium than is possible in our own unsustainable and crowded but creative society... I suspect that they will look back on us as a messy, short-sighted, wasteful, crude, and aggressive lot. Let us hope they are not the same."
The Earth Summit - Speech to the European Atlantic Group about the [then] recently concluded conference. "The most fundamental problem is unsustainable consumption of the Earth's resources, principally by and in industrial countries. In others the problem, exacerbated by population increase, is pressure on resources. We are a long way from measuring the consequences. They were seen very differently by the participants at Rio. On one side the industrial countries comforted themselves with the belief that environmental degradation was essentially a problem of the poor"

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