A Climate of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy / Edition 1

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Overview

The global debate over who should take action to address climate change is extremely precarious, as diametrically opposed perceptions of climate justice threaten the prospects for any long-term agreement. Poor nations fear limits on their efforts to grow economically and meet the needs of their own people, while powerful industrial nations, including the United States, refuse to curtail their own excesses unless developing countries make similar sacrifices. Meanwhile,although industrialized countries are responsible for 60 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, developing countries suffer the "worst and first" effects of climate-related disasters, including droughts, floods,and storms, because of their geographical locations. In A Climate of Injustice, J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley Parks analyze the role that inequality between rich and poor nations plays in the negotiation of global climate agreements.

Roberts and Parks argue that global inequality dampens cooperative efforts by reinforcing the "structuralist" worldviews and causal beliefs of many poor nations, eroding conditions of generalized trust, and promoting particularistic notions of "fair" solutions. They develop new measures of climate-related inequality, analyzing fatality and homelessness rates from hydrometeorological disasters, patterns of "emissions inequality," and participation in international environmental regimes. Until we recognize that reaching a North-South global climate pact requires addressing larger issues of inequality and striking a global bargain on environment and development, Roberts and Parks argue,the current policy gridlock will remain unresolved.

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International Environmental Agreements
In their superb contribution to scholarly and political debates about the future of international efforts to cope with climate change, J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks offer a carefully developed, richly documented, and convincingly supported account of the origins, dynamics,and implications of the current North-Soutn impasse.
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In their superb contribution to scholarly and political debates about the future of international efforts to cope with climate change, J. Timmons Roberts and Bradley C. Parks offer a carefully developed, richly documented, and convincingly supported account of the origins, dynamics, and implications of the current North-South impasse.
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Meet the Author

J. Timmons Roberts is Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University.

Bradley C. Parks is Co-Executive Director of AidData and Research Faculty at the College of William and Mary's Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations.

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Table of Contents


Series Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Wet Feet Marching     1
A Model of North-South (Non-)Cooperation     25
Not the Day after Tomorrow: Learning from Recent Climate Disasters     67
An Analysis of Cross-National Patterns of Risk     103
Fueling Injustice: Emissions, Development Paths, and Responsibility     133
Who Is Taking Action?     185
Equity, Climate Proposals, and Two Roads to Justice after Kyoto     211
Appendices     243
Notes     251
References     309
Index     365
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