Fairness in Adaptation to Climate Change / Edition 1

Fairness in Adaptation to Climate Change / Edition 1

by W. Neil Adger
     
 

As a global society, we need to take action not only to prevent the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change but also to adapt to the unavoidable effects of climate change already imposed on the world. Fairness in Adaptation to Climate Change looks at the challenges of ensuring that policy responses to climate change do not place undue and unfair burdens

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As a global society, we need to take action not only to prevent the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change but also to adapt to the unavoidable effects of climate change already imposed on the world. Fairness in Adaptation to Climate Change looks at the challenges of ensuring that policy responses to climate change do not place undue and unfair burdens on already vulnerable populations. All countries will be endangered by climate change risks from flood, drought, and other extreme weather events, but developing countries are more dependent on climate-sensitive livelihoods such as farming and fishing and hence are more vulnerable. Despite this, the concerns of developing countries are marginalized in climate policy decisions that exacerbate current vulnerabilities.Fairness in Adaptation to Climate Change brings together scholars from political science, economics, law, human geography, and climate science to offer the first assessment of the social justice issues in adaptation to climate change. The book outlines the philosophical underpinnings of different types of justice in relation to climate change, present inequities, and future burdens, and it applies these to real world examples of climate change adaptation in Bangladesh,Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, and Hungary. It argues that the key to adapting to climate change lies in recognizing the equity and justice issues inherent in its causes and in human responses to it.Contributors:W. Neil Adger, Paul Baer, Jon Barnett, Maria Bohn, Kirstin Dow, Saleemul Huq, Roger E. Kasperson, Mizan R. Khan,Janica Lane, Neil A. Leary, Robin Leichenko, Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer, M. J. Mace,Karen O'Brien, Jouni Paavola, Stephen H. Schneider, David S. G. Thomas, Chasca Twyman, Anna Vári

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262511933
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/12/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

W. Neil Adger leads the research effort on adaptation at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.

Jouni Paavola is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment at the University of East Anglia.

Saleemul Huq is Director of the Climate Change Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London.

M. J. Mace is a staff lawyer at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development's Climate Change and Energy Programme.

Table of Contents

1Toward justice in adaptation to climate change1
IPolitics, science, and law in justice debates20
2Dangers and thresholds in climate change and the implications for justice23
3Adaptation under the UN framework convention on climate change : the international legal framework53
IIAspects of fairness in adaptation77
4Exploring the social justice implications of adaptation and vulnerability79
5Is it appropriate to identify winners and losers?97
6Climate change, insecurity and injustice115
7Adaptation : who pays whom?131
8A welfare theoretic analysis of climate change inequities155
IIIFairness in adaptation responses179
9Equity in national adaptation programs of action (NAPAs) : the case of Bangladesh181
10Justice in adaptation to climate change in Tanzania201
11Adaptation and equity in resource dependent societies223
12Extreme weather and burden sharing in Hungary229
IVConclusion261
13Multifaceted justice in adaptation to climate change263

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