Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto

Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto

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Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto by Ernesto Zedillo

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reflects the growing international consensus that the earth's climate is being changed by anthropogenic greenhouse gasses. Evidence presented by the IPCC and others points to the potential for increasingly dangerous weather, new disease outbreaks, regional water shortages, the loss of habitat and species, and other disturbing developments that could have profound social and economic impacts. Opinions on what should be done, however, remain sharply divided within and among countries. Though monumental in its efforts, the Kyoto Protocol has left much to be agreed upon and achieved, with the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide—the United States—rejecting it. In G lobal Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto , some of the best-known and respected authorities in climate policy provide a comprehensive agenda for global collective action. Representing both industrialized and developing nations, the contributors present a thought-provoking examination of the economic, social, and political context of climate policy within their countries. With Kyoto's emissions targets set to expire in 2012, these authors call for a multilateral approach that goes beyond the mitigation-focused Kyoto policies, balancing them with strategies for adaptation. They also stress the importance of generating policies that work within a time frame commensurate with that of climate change itself. Informed, insightful, and even-handed, this book gives a new impetus to the increasingly important global climate policy debate. Contributors include R.K. Pachauri (Energy Resources Institute and the IPCC), Richard S. Lindzen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Stefan Rahmstorf (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Stephen H. Schneider and Thomas Heller (Stanford University), Robert Mendelsohn and William D. Nordhaus (Yale University), Gernot Klepper and Sonja Peterson (Kiel Institute for World Economics), Robert N. Stavins (Harvard University), Alexander Golub (Environmental Defense), Howard Dalton (U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), John Stone (Carleton University, Ottawa), Jyoti Parikh (Integrated Research and Action for Development), and Shen Longhai (China Energy Conservation Association)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815797159
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ernesto Zedillo is director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, where he is a leading voice on the impacts of globalization on the relations between developed and developing nations. Zedillo is a professor in the field of international economics and politics at Yale University and is also an adjunct professor of forestry and environmental studies. He was president of Mexico from 1994 until 2000.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction   Ernesto Zedillo     1
Climate Change Detection and Scenarios: Reexamining the Evidence     11
The IPCC: Establishing the Evidence   R. K. Pachauri     13
Is the Global Warming Alarm Founded on Fact?   Richard S. Lindzen     21
Anthropogenic Climate Change: Revisiting the Facts   Stefan Rahmstorf     34
Measuring Our Vulnerabilities to Climate Change     55
"Dangerous" Climate Change: Key Vulnerabilities   Stephen H. Schneider     57
The Policy Implications of Climate Change Impacts   Robert Mendelsohn     82
The Kyoto Protocol: Consequences and Opportunities for Transformation     89
Economic Analyses of the Kyoto Protocol: Is There Life after Kyoto?   William D. Nordhaus     91
The European Emissions Trading Regime and the Future of Kyoto   Gernot Klepper   Sonja Peterson     101
Alternative Climate Policy Options     113
Climate Change: Designing an Effective Response   Thomas Heller     115
An International Policy Architecture for the Post-Kyoto Era   Robert N. Stavins     145
Climate Policy in the Industrialized Countries     155
Controversies of Russian Climate Policy and Opportunities for Greenhouse Gas Reduction   Alexander Golub     157
Climate Policy in the United Kingdom   Howard Dalton     175
Canada's Approach to Tackling Climate Change   John M. R. Stone     193
Linking Climate Change Control and Development Policies     203
India and Climate Change: Mitigation, Adaptation, and a Way Forward   Jyoti Parikh     205
Correct Choices for China: Energy Conservation, a Cyclic Economy, and a Conservation-Minded Society   Shen Longhai     215
Contributors     225
Index     231

What People are Saying About This

Ricardo Lagos

"This is an extremely important and timely book on global warming and the way to solve it. It contains much that you need to know about climate change, including scientific evidence that it is the by-product of human beings, comments by those who question this fact, and analyses of political options for the post-Kyoto Protocol period. We have entered an era when the leaders of the world must face this global problem. Will they be able to solve it? After reading this book, you will be better prepared to answer that question."--(Ricardo Lagos, Club de Madrid and former President of Chile)

Kemal Dervis

"Each contribution brings a special perspective, and the very diversity of the views expressed makes this a must read for all interested in the complex challenges of climate change."--(Kemal Dervis, United Nations Development Program)

James Gustave Speth

"With customary skill, Ernesto Zedillo has assembled a penetrating collection of international perspectives on what to do next about the most important challenge of our time-global warming and the resulting climate change. As nations look beyond the Kyoto Protocol to more serious action, this volume will be both timely and extremely helpful."--(James Gustave Speth, Yale University, author of Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment)

Billy Pizer

"This book brings together many of the leading thinkers on climate change science, economics, and politics. It is one-stop shopping for a synopsis of the major debates and challenges surrounding efforts to craft a global response to this enormously complex problem."--(Billy Pizer, Resources for the Future)

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