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Global Warming

Looking Beyond Kyoto

ISBN-10: 081579715X
ISBN-13: 9780815797159
PUBLISHER: Brookings Institution Press
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The latest report from theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reflects the growing internationalconsensus 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 dangerousweather, 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 andachieved, with the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide -the United States -rejectingit. In Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto , some ofthe best-known and respected authorities in climate policy provide a comprehensive agendafor global collective action. Representing both industrialized and developing nations, thecontributors present a thought-provoking examination of the economic, social, and politicalcontext of climate policy within their countries. With Kyoto's emissions targets set toexpire in 2012, these authors call for a multilateral approach that goes beyond themitigation-focused Kyoto policies, balancing them with strategies for adaptation. They alsostress the importance of generating policies that work within a time frame commensurate withthat of climate change itself. Informed, insightful, and even-handed, this book gives a newimpetus to the increasingly important global climate policy debate. Contributors includeR.K. Pachauri (Energy Resources Institute and the IPCC), Richard S. Lindzen (MassachusettsInstitute of Technology), Stefan Rahmstorf (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research),Stephen H. Schneider and Thomas Heller (Stanford University), Robert Mendelsohn and WilliamD. Nordhaus (Yale University), Gernot Klepper and Sonja Peterson (Kiel Institute for WorldEconomics), 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 forDevelopment), and Shen Longhai (China Energy ConservationAssociation)

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