What's Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It

What's Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It

by Paul G. Harris
     
 

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Governments have failed to stem global emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases causing climate change. Indeed, climate-changing pollution is increasing globally, and will do so for decades to come without far more aggressive action. What explains this failure to effectively tackle one of the world's most serious problems? And what can we do about it?See more details below

Overview

Governments have failed to stem global emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases causing climate change. Indeed, climate-changing pollution is increasing globally, and will do so for decades to come without far more aggressive action. What explains this failure to effectively tackle one of the world's most serious problems? And what can we do about it?

To answer these questions, Paul G. Harris looks at climate politics as a doctor might look at a very sick patient. He performs urgent diagnoses and prescribes vital treatments to revive our ailing planet before it's too late.

The book begins by diagnosing what’s most wrong with climate politics, including the anachronistic international system, which encourages nations to fight for their narrowly perceived interests and makes major cuts in greenhouse pollution extraordinarily difficult; the deadlock between the United States and China, which together produce over one-third of global greenhouse gas pollution but do little more than demand that the other act first; and affluent lifestyles and overconsumption, which are spreading rapidly from industrialized nations to the developing world.

The book then prescribes several "remedies" for the failed politics of climate change, including a new kind of climate diplomacy with people at its center, national policies that put the common but differentiated responsibilities of individuals alongside those of nations, and a campaign for simultaneously enhancing human wellbeing and environmental sustainability. While these treatments are aspirational, they are not intended to be utopian. As Harris shows, they are genuine, workable solutions to what ails the politics of climate change today.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Deceptively simple, but innovative... Harris’s analysiswill serve as a good introduction to the politics of climatechange."
E-International Relations

"From front cover to concluding punchline, with brilliant insightsin between, this is a great book - exactly what is needed toreinvigorate a stale climate debate."
Times Higher Education

"A great virtue of the book is its exceptionally clear structure... Harris' mix of cultural and ethical change is certainly a keycomponent in the sources of transformation we need to focus ourattention on."
Journal of Global Faultlines

"'Fixing' climate politics is a near-impossible task, but PaulHarris points to a way forward that does hold out some hope. Hisclearly written book will also be useful as an introduction to theproblem of climate change and the politics associated withit."
Peter Singer, Princeton University

"I very much enjoyed reading this book. It is well written,accessible, and engaging, and packed full of ideas and observationsabout the challenges of climate politics. I have no doubt thatstudents will find it stimulating."
Neil Carter, University of York

"A carefully researched and well-presented work."
John Sweeny, National University of Ireland Maynooth, in theIrish Examiner

"Well-written ... an excellent, easily understood review of thesorry status of international cooperation to find a global solutionto climate change."
Donald Brown, Widener University School of Law, in Ethics andClimate

"For a student or interested citizen wishing to delve deeper intosome of the issues behind the current climate policy impasse, thiswell researched book offers an accessible and engaging read."
Christopher Shaw, Oxford University, in LSE Review ofBooks

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745670430
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/11/2013
Series:
PWWS - Polity Whats Wrong Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
1 MB

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