Climate Change and Small Island States: Power, Knowledge and the South Pacific by Jon Barnett, John Campbell | | 9781844074945 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
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
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844074943

ISBN-13: 9781844074945

Pub. Date: 06/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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 lead 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 an understanding of the social systems and values of island societies.

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 vii

Acknowledgements ix

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xi

1 The Trouble with Climate Change 1

Introduction 1

Pacific Island countries 5

Climate change and the Pacific Islands 8

About this book 17

2 Environment and Development in Pacific Islands 21

Pacific Island environments 22

Early transformations: Traditional human environment systems 31

Colonization and environmental transformation 34

The post colonial Pacific: Environment and development 36

Conclusions 48

3 The History and Architecture of Climate Science 51

Initial stirrings 51

International research programmes 53

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 57

Big science and big pictures 64

Conclusions 68

4 Pacific Science Initiatives 69

The Association of South Pacific Environmental

Institutions initiative 69

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme initiatives 73

START-Oceania (including APN and AIACC) 75

Lacunae 80

Conclusions 82

5 The Architecture of Climate Change Policy 85

The emergence of climate change as a global policy issue 85

The UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol 87

The Global Environmental Facility 97

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) 101

The Pacific Islands Forum 102

Australia and New Zealand 106

Conclusions 109

6 Doing Climate Change in the Pacific 111

An overview of projects and programmes 113

Regional Responses 119

Projects funded bilaterally 127

Projects implemented by NGOs 132

Conclusions 136

7 Investing in Uncertainty and Vulnerability 139

The South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring project 139

The Environmental Vulnerability Index project 146

Conclusions 153

8 Discourse of Danger 155

Insularity: Smallness and isolation 155

What is vulnerability? 159

Titanic states 162

Climate refugees 170

Conclusions 174

9 Conclusions 175

Three themes 176

To the future 181

References 185

Index 211

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