Fairness in Adaptation to Climate Change / Edition 1

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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: 5/12/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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.

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Table of Contents

1 Toward justice in adaptation to climate change 1
I Politics, science, and law in justice debates 20
2 Dangers and thresholds in climate change and the implications for justice 23
3 Adaptation under the UN framework convention on climate change : the international legal framework 53
II Aspects of fairness in adaptation 77
4 Exploring the social justice implications of adaptation and vulnerability 79
5 Is it appropriate to identify winners and losers? 97
6 Climate change, insecurity and injustice 115
7 Adaptation : who pays whom? 131
8 A welfare theoretic analysis of climate change inequities 155
III Fairness in adaptation responses 179
9 Equity in national adaptation programs of action (NAPAs) : the case of Bangladesh 181
10 Justice in adaptation to climate change in Tanzania 201
11 Adaptation and equity in resource dependent societies 223
12 Extreme weather and burden sharing in Hungary 229
IV Conclusion 261
13 Multifaceted justice in adaptation to climate change 263
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