Climate Change Policy

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  • Copyright: 2002-08-01
  • Publisher: Island Pr
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Questions surrounding the issue of climate change are evolving from "Is it happening?" to "What can be done about it?" The primary obstacles to addressing it at this point are not scientific but political and economic; nonetheless a quick resolution is unlikely.Ignorance and confusion surrounding the issue -- including a lack of understanding of climate science, its implications for the environment and society, and the range of policy options available -- contributes to the political morass over dealing with climate change in which we find ourselves. Climate Change Policyaddresses that situation by bringing together a wide range of new writings from leading experts that examine the many dimensions of the topics most important in understanding climate change and policies to combat it. Chapters consider: climate science in historical perspective analysis of uncertainties in climate science and policy the economics of climate policy North-South and intergenerational equity issues the role of business and industry in climate solutions policy mechanisms including joint implementation, emissions trading, and the so-called clean development mechanism Regardless of the fate of the Kyoto Protocol, the issues raised in that debate will persist as new climate protection regimes emerge; this volume treats most of those topics. Tying the chapters together is a shared conclusion that climate change is a real and serious problem, and that we as a society have an obligation not merely to adapt to it but to mitigate it in whatever intelligent ways we can develop. Cost-effectiveness is not disdained, but neither is the imperative for valuing species threatened by rapid climate change.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
PART I. Science and Impacts
Understanding Climate Science
Richard Wolfson
Stephen H. Schneider
Uncertainty and Climate Change Policy
Stephen H. Schneider
Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti
Regional Impact Assessments: A Case Study of California
Eleanor G. Turman
PART II. Economic Analysis
International Approaches to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Lawrence H. Goulder
Brian M. Nadreau
Designing Global Climate Regulation
Jonathan Baert Wiener
Carbon Abatement with Economic Growth: A National Strategy
Stephen Bernow
Alison Bailie
William Dougherty
Sivan Kartha
Michael Lazarus
PART III. Policy Context
U. S. Climate Change Policy
Armin Rosencranz
The Climate Policy Debate in the U.S. Congress
Kai S. Anderson
Population and Climate Change Policy
Frederick A. B. Meyerson
Global Climate Change: A Business Perspective
Thomas G. Burns
Activities Implemented Jointly
Reimund Schwarze
PART IV. Forests and Agriculture
Climate Change and Agriculture: Mitigation Options and Potential
Holly L. Pearson
Tropical Forests and Climate Change
John O. Niles
PART V. Development and Equity
A Southern Perspective on Curbing Global Climate Change
Anil Agarwal
Equity, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Global Common Resources
Paul Baer
PART VI. Energy Choices
Renewable Energy Sources as a Response to Global Climate Concerns
John J. Berger
Fuel Cells, Carbon Sequestration, Infrastructure, and the Transition to a Hydrogen Economy
Michael B. Cummings
Energy R&D and Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities
Robert M. Margolis
Daniel M. Kammen
Business Capitalizing on Energy Transition Opportunities
Orie L. Loucks
Earth Systems: Engineering and Management
Stephen H. Schneider
Appendix A. Climate Negotiation History 523(8)
Leonie Haimson
Appendix B. ``Hot Air'' and ``Hot Air'' Policies 531(6)
Reimund Schwarze
Glossary 537(4)
About the Contributors 541(6)
Index 547

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