Overview

Writing about climate change often falls into one of two opposite traps - predicting either calamity or apathy - both of which this book avoids. This is not a story of gloom and doom, of inevitable climate catastrophe. On the contrary, this book spells out, in more detail than usual, what can and should be done to avert the real risks of disaster. Nor is it one of complacent congratulation for "win-win" initiatives, cautiously incremental steps, and "green" consumer choices. Climate Protection and Development ...
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Climate Protection and Development

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Overview

Writing about climate change often falls into one of two opposite traps - predicting either calamity or apathy - both of which this book avoids. This is not a story of gloom and doom, of inevitable climate catastrophe. On the contrary, this book spells out, in more detail than usual, what can and should be done to avert the real risks of disaster. Nor is it one of complacent congratulation for "win-win" initiatives, cautiously incremental steps, and "green" consumer choices. Climate Protection and Development summons us to an endeavour worthy of the resources and ingenuity of the twenty-first century - towards bold initiatives with big costs, and much bigger benefits.

This book explores the interconnected issues of climate and development, laying the groundwork for just such a new deal. It presents a challenging agenda, and highlights the needs and perspectives of developing countries which may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable to readers in high-income countries. The unfortunate truth is that any large country, or group of mid-sized countries, can veto any global climate solution by refusing to participate, so a solution will only work if it works for everyone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780931708
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Series: United Nations Series on Development
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

is Senior Economist at the U.S. Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute and Director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

is Director of the Unit for Economic Cooperation and Integration among Developing Countries of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

is Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
About the Editors
About Other Contributors
Preface
Climate Change and the Development Challenge
Climate Mitigation and the Energy Challenge
The Adaptation Challenge
A State of Change: Climate and Development Policy
Technology Transfer for Climate Protection
Financing the Development Response to Climate Change
References
Index
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