Climate Change in the South Pacific: Impacts and Responses in Australia, New Zealand, and Small Island States

Climate Change in the South Pacific: Impacts and Responses in Australia, New Zealand, and Small Island States

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ALEXANDER GILLESPIE & WILLIAM C.G. BURNS The idea for this book grew out of the Ecopolitics conference in Canberra, Australia in 1996. The conference captured the ferment of the climate change debate in the South Pacific, as well as some its potential implications for the region’s inhabitants and e- systems. At that conference, one of the editors (Gillespie) delivered a paper on climate change issues in the region, as did Ros Taplin and Mark Diesendorf, who are also c- tributors to this volume. This book focuses on climate change issues in Australia, New Zealand, and the small island nations in the Pacific as the world struggles to cope with possible the impacts of environmental change and to formulate effective responses. While Australia and New Zealand’s per capita emissions of greenhouse gases are among the highest in the world, their aggregate contributions are small. However, both nations may exert a disprop- tionate influence in the global greenhouse debate because their obstinate positions at recent conferences of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on C- mate Change (FCCC) may provide justification for other developed nations, as well as developing countries, to refuse to make meaningful reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions.

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ISBN-13: 9789048153657
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 01/11/2011
Series: Advances in Global Change Research , #2
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; A. Gillespie, W.C.G. Burns. 1. The Potential Impacts of Climate Change; R.N. Jones, et al. 2. The Formation of Australian Climate Change Policy: 1985-1995; H. Bulkeley. 3. Climate Change Policies in Australia; C. Hamilton. 4. A Critique of the Australian Government's Greenhouse Policies; M. Diesendorf. 5. Climate Change Policy Formation in Australia: 1995-1998; R. Taplin, X. Yu. 6. The Australian Position at the Kyoto Conference; X. Yu, R. Taplin. 7. The Impacts of Climate Change on New Zealand; R.E. Basher. 8. New Zealand Climate Policy Between 1990 and 1996: A Greenpeace Perspective; K. Hamilton. 9. New Zealand and the Climate Change Debate: 1995-1998; A. Gillespie. 10. The Role of Carbon Sequestration as a Response Strategy to Global Warming, with a Particular Focus on New Zealand; J.B. Ford-Robertson, et al. 11. Joint Implementation: A Survey of Principles and Practical Issues; P. Alsop. 12. The Impact of Climate Change on Pacific Island Developing Countries in the 21st Century; W.C.G. Burns. 13. Parochialism and Empowerment: Responding to Ecocolonialism and Globalisation in the Southwest Pacific; M. Edwards. 14. Climate Change in the Pacific: Science-based Information and Understanding; J. Hay. 15. How South Pacific Mangroves May Respond to Predicted Climate Change and Sea-level Rise; J.C. Ellison. Appendices. Index.

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