The Politics of Climate Change / Edition 2

The Politics of Climate Change / Edition 2

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by Anthony Giddens
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745655157

ISBN-13: 9780745655154

Pub. Date: 11/22/2011

Publisher: Wiley

Climate change differs from any other problem that, as collective humanity, we face today. If it goes unchecked, the consequences are likely to be catastrophic for human life on earth. Yet for most people, and for many policy-makers too, it tends to be a 'back-of-the-mind' issue. We recognize its importance and even its urgency, but for the most part it is swamped

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Climate change differs from any other problem that, as collective humanity, we face today. If it goes unchecked, the consequences are likely to be catastrophic for human life on earth. Yet for most people, and for many policy-makers too, it tends to be a 'back-of-the-mind' issue. We recognize its importance and even its urgency, but for the most part it is swamped by more immediate concerns. Politicians have woken up to the dangers, but at the moment their responses are mainly on the level of gesture, rather than being, as they have to be, both concrete and radical.

Political action and intervention, on local, national and international levels, are going to have a decisive effect on whether or not we can limit global warming, as well as how we adapt to that already occurring. However, at the moment, argues Giddens, we do not have a systematic politics of climate change. Politics as usual won't allow us to deal with the problems we face, while the recipes of the main challenger to orthodox politics, the green movement, are flawed at source. Giddens introduces a range of new concepts and proposals to fill in the gap, and examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security.

This book is likely to become a classic in the field. It will be of appeal to everyone concerned about how we can cope with what amounts to a crisis for our civilization.

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ISBN-13:
9780745655154
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
877,832
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction 1

1 Climate Change, Risk and Danger 17

2 Running Out, Running Down? 35

3 The Greens and After 49

4 The Track Record So Far 73

5 A Return to Planning? 91

6 Technologies and Taxes 129

7 The Politics of Adaptation 162

8 International Negotiations, the EU and Carbon Markets 182

9 The Geopolitics of Climate Change 203

Afterword 227

Notes 231

References 243

Index 253

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leopardiNJ More than 1 year ago
Humanity's response to global climate change will be a combination of mitigation and adaptation. How much each will weigh in the mix will be a function of political decision making. Science will establish the boundary conditions, but not the path in between. In The Politics of Climate Change, Anthony Giddens provides an in-depth analysis of global and national political currents with respect to climate change. As former Director of the London School of Economics, Giddens speaks with authority to the interface between global climate and the social sciences. Unlike some of the dreamier, naive forays by climate scientists into the political realm (such as those of the late Stephen Schneider and, currently, by James Hansen), Giddens is a realist with a concrete grasp of the science fundamentals- the object of his arguments is on schemes that work both technically and politically. But, in the final analysis, Giddens remains refreshingly positive about humanity's future prospects. Other than a few occasional lapses in prose style, there is little to find fault with in The Politics of Climate Change, except, perhaps, too little emphasis on the political implications of climate change adaptation and an under-appreciation for the potential impact of reactionary U.S. politics on the course of climate-change mitigation . Giddens properly concludes that the course of global climate change mitigation is not likely to be achieved by endlessly setting emission goals, although such goals need to be set as a background for actions. Real responses in the present economic/political climate will be the consequence of self-interested reduction in greenhouse gas emissions such as those resulting from energy-security schemes and the pressure of the insurance industry. And, in the final analysis the state will continue to have the ultimate responsibility for empowering meaningful response to climate change. This book is the antithesis of the many "You too can help avert global climate change disaster" books. Those have their place, but The Politics of Climate Change uniquely fills an essential need for an authoritative, unbiased analysis of the climate change political scene. Richard R. Pardi Environmental Science William Paterson University