Climate Change Policy: A Survey / Edition 1

Climate Change Policy: A Survey / Edition 1

by Stephen H. Schneider
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559638818

ISBN-13: 9781559638814

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Island Press

Questions surrounding the issue of climate change are evolving from "Is it happening?" to "What can be done about it?" The primary obstacles to addressing it at this point are not scientific but political and economic; nonetheless a quick resolution is unlikely.

Ignorance and confusion surrounding the issue. Including a lack of understanding of climate science, its

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Overview

Questions surrounding the issue of climate change are evolving from "Is it happening?" to "What can be done about it?" The primary obstacles to addressing it at this point are not scientific but political and economic; nonetheless a quick resolution is unlikely.

Ignorance and confusion surrounding the issue. Including a lack of understanding of climate science, its implications for the environment and society, and the range of policy options available contributes to the political morass over dealing with climate change in which we find ourselves. Climate Change Policy addresses that situation by bringing together a wide range of new writings from leading experts that examine the many dimensions of the topics most important in understanding climate change and policies to combat it.

Chapters consider: climate science in historical perspective, analysis of uncertainties in climate science and policy, the economics of climate policy, North-South and intergenerational equity issues, the role of business and industry in climate solutions, policy mechanisms including joint implementation, emissions trading, and the so-called clean development mechanism, Regardless of the fate of the Kyoto Protocol, the issues raised in that debate will persist as new climate protection regimes emerge; this volume treats most of those topics. Tying the chapters together is a shared conclusion that climate change is a real and serious problem, and that we as a society have an obligation not merely to adapt to it but to mitigate it in whatever intelligent ways we can develop. Cost-effectiveness is not disdained, but neither is the imperative for valuing species threatened by rapid climate change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559638814
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IScience and Impacts
Ch. 1Understanding Climate Science3
Ch. 2Uncertainty and Climate Change Policy53
Ch. 3Regional Impact Assessment: A Case Study of California89
Pt. IIEconomic Analysis
Ch. 4International Approaches to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions115
Ch. 5Designing Global Climate Regulation151
Ch. 6Carbon Abatement with Economic Growth: A National Strategy189
Pt. IIIPolicy Context
Ch. 7U.S. Climate Change Policy221
Ch. 8The Climate Policy Debate in the U.S. Congress235
Ch. 9Population and Climate Change Policy251
Ch. 10Global Climate Change: A Business Perspective275
Ch. 11Activities Implemented Jointly293
Pt. IVForests and Agriculture
Ch. 12Climate Change and Agriculture: Mitigation Options and Potential307
Ch. 13Tropical Forests and Climate Change337
Pt. VDevelopment and Equity
Ch. 14A Southern Perspective on Curbing Global Climate Change375
Ch. 15Equity, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Global Common Resources393
Pt. VIEnergy Choices
Ch. 16Renewable Energy Sources as a Response to Global Climate Concerns411
Ch. 17Fuel Cells, Carbon Sequestration, Infrastructure, and the Transition to a Hydrogen Economy447
Ch. 18Energy R&D and Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities469
Ch. 19Business Capitalizing on Energy Transition Opportunities495
Ch. 20Earth Systems: Engineering and Management509
App. AClimate Negotiation History523
App. B"Hot Air" and "Hot Air" Policies531
Glossary537
About the Contributors541
Index547

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