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Climate Change Policy: A Survey
     

Climate Change Policy: A Survey

by Stephen H. Schneider (Editor), Armin Rosencranz (Editor), John O. Niles (Editor)
 

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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

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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Scientists, economists, and political scholars and practitioners explore some of the fundamental issues regarding climate change that the short-term planning horizon of most political and economic institutions have trouble even perceiving, let alone addressing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559638807
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen H. Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, professor of biology, and a senior fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, at Stanford University.
He has served as a consultant to Federal Agencies and/or White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.His research includes modeling of the atmosphere, climate change, and "the relationship of biological systems to global climate change." He has helped draw public attention to the issue of climate change. He is the founder and editor of the journal Climatic Change. He has authored or co-authored over 450 scientific papers, proceedings, legislative testimonies, edited books and book chapters; some 140 book reviews, editorials, published newspaper and magazine interviews and popularizations.
He was a Coordinating Lead Author in Working Group II IPCC TAR; and is currently a co-anchor of the Key Vulnerabilities Cross-Cutting Theme for the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). During the 1980s Schneider emerged as a leading public advocate of sharp reductions of greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming.

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