Climate Change and Small Island States: Power, Knowledge and the South Pacific

Climate Change and Small Island States: Power, Knowledge and the South Pacific

by Jon Barnett, John Campbell
     
 

Small Island Developing States are often depicted as being among the most vulnerable of all places to the effects of climate change, and they are a cause célèbre of many involved in climate science, politics and the media. Yet while small island developing states are much talked about, the production of both scientific knowledge and policies to protect

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Small Island Developing States are often depicted as being among the most vulnerable of all places to the effects of climate change, and they are a cause célèbre of many involved in climate science, politics and the media. Yet while small island developing states are much talked about, the production of both scientific knowledge and policies to protect the rights of these nations and their people has been remarkably slow.

This book is the first to apply a critical approach to climate change science and policy processes in the South Pacific region. It shows how groups within politically and scientifically powerful countries appropriate the issue of island vulnerability in ways that do not do justice to the lives of island people. It argues that the ways in which islands and their inhabitants are represented in climate science and politics seldom leads to meaningful responses to assist them to adapt to climate change. Throughout, the authors focus on the hitherto largely ignored social impacts of climate change, and demonstrate that adaptation and mitigation policies cannot be effective without understanding the social systems and values of island societies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844074945
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Series:
Earthscan Climate Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

1 The Trouble with Climate Change 1

2 Environment and Development in Pacific Islands 21

3 The History and Architecture of Climate Science 51

4 Pacific Science Initiatives 69

5 The Architecture of Climate Change Policy 85

6 Doing Climate Change in the Pacific 111

7 Investing in Uncertainty and Vulnerability 139

8 Discourses of Danger 155

9 Conclusions 175

References 185

Index 211

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