Climate Change and Global Poverty: A Billion Lives in the Balance?

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Overview

Climate change threatens all people, but its adverse effects will be felt most acutely by the world's poor. Absent urgent action, new threats to food security,
public health, and other societal needs may reverse hard-fought human development gains. Climate Change and Global Poverty makes concrete recommendations to integrate international development and climate protection strategies. It demonstrates that effective climate solutions must empower global development,
while poverty alleviation itself must become a central strategy for both mitigating emissions and reducing global vulnerability to adverse climate impacts.

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Editorial Reviews

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" Climate Change and Global Poverty provides a much needed blueprint for overcoming the two great crises of our time. This book defines what needs to be done and how to do it. It is a welcomed resource." —Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO, CARE USA

" Climate Change and Global Poverty is an urgently needed source of excellent analysis and compelling ideas. We no longer have the luxury of viewing climate change and poverty as disconnected, and this book spurs us to tackle two of the greatest challenges of our time with informed and innovative solutions." —Nancy Lindborg, President, Mercy Corps

"This book breaks new ground by showing how solutions to climate change and global poverty are intertwined. The authors define what needs to be done with refreshing clarity, and offer practical recommendations that are at once idealistic and yet firmly grounded in political realities and national interests." —Frank Loy, former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815702818
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lael Brainard served as vice president and director of the Brookings
Institution's Global Economy and Development program, 2006—09. She has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be under secretary of the
U.S. Treasury for international affairs.

Abigail Jones is a research analyst with Brookings.

Nigel Purvis is the president of Climate Advisers and a visiting scholar at Resources for the Future. He is a former senior U.S. climate change negotiator, acting most recently as deputy assistant secretary of state for oceans, environment, and science.

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Table of Contents

1 Double jeopardy : what the climate crisis means for the poor Abigail Jones Jones, Abigail Vinca LaFleur LaFleur, Vinca Nigel Purvis Purvis, Nigel 10

2 Climate change impacts in the developing world : implications for sustainable development Anthony Nyong Nyong, Anthony 43

3 Toward a new international climate change agreement Elliot Diringer Diringer, Elliot 65

4 Greenhouse gas mitigation efforts in China : progress and opportunities Ned Helme Helme, Ned 79

5 Linking communities, forests, and carbon Michael Jenkins Jenkins, Michael 87

6 Integrating climate change into development : multiple benefits of mitigation and adaptation Atiq Rahman Rahman, Atiq 104

7 Development in the balance : agriculture and water Robert Mendelsohn Mendelsohn, Robert 120

8 Public health adaptation to climate change in low-income countries Kristie L. Ebi Ebi, Kristie L. 130

9 Linking adaptation and disaster risk reduction Saleemul Huq Huq, Saleemul Jessica Ayers Ayers, Jessica 142

10 The climate-security connection : what it means for the poor Joshua W. Busby Busby, Joshua W. 155

11 Financing adaptation to a warmer world : opportunities for innovation and experimentation Manish Bapna Bapna, Manish Heather McGray McGray, Heather 181

12 Exploring the potential for public-private insurance to help the world's poor to adapt and thrive as the climate changes Ian Burton Burton, Ian Thea Dickinson Dickinson, Thea 207

13 Corporate action on climate adaptation and development : mobilizing new partnerships to build climate change resilience in developing countries and communities Jane Nelson Nelson, Jane 223

14 Mobilizing action for climate change adaptation inthe North and South Heather K. Coleman Coleman, Heather K. Raymond C. Offenheiser Offenheiser, Raymond C. David Waskow Waskow, David 260

Contributors 277

Index 287

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