Climate Change and Development
Routledge – 2014 – 368 pages
The evidence for human-induced climate change is now overwhelming, the brunt of its impacts is already being felt by poor people, and the case for urgent action is compelling. This book addresses the two greatest challenges of our time – averting catastrophic climate change and eradicating poverty – and the close interconnections between them.
Climate Change and Development provides a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary foundation for understanding the complex and tangled relationship between development and climate change. It argues that transformational approaches are required in order to reconcile poverty reduction and climate protection and secure sustained prosperity in the twenty first century. Section One provides the building blocks for understanding climate science and the nexus between climate and development. Section Two outlines responses to climate change from the perspective of developing countries, with chapters on international agreements, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and climate finance. Each chapter offers analytical tools for evaluating responses, enabling readers to ask smart questions about the climate change and development nexus as policy and action evolve in the coming years. The last three chapters of the book, contained in Section Three, are forward looking and focus on why and how development must be re-framed to deliver more equitable and sustainable outcomes. This section sets out different critiques of ‘development-as-usual’ and explores alternative paradigms of development in a warming and resource-constrained world.
This is an invaluable and clearly written text that uses real world examples to bring to life perspectives from across different disciplines. It also contains chapter learning outcomes, and end of chapter summaries, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading and relevant websites. The text is suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as those working in international development contexts who wish to get to grips with this pressing global challenge.
Introduction Chapter 1. Science, Drivers and Impacts of Climate Change Chapter 2. The Climate Development Nexus Chapter 3. The International Climate Change Regime Chapter 4. Mitigation Responses and Low-emissions Development Chapter 5. Adaptation Responses and Building Climate Resilient Development Chapter 6. Climate Finance: Moving from Development Cooperation to Climate Cooperation Chapter 7. Development and Climate Action in a Changing World Chapter 8. Alternative Development Futures: Pathways to Climate-smart Development Chapter 9: Conclusion: This Make-or-break Decade
Thomas Tanner is a Research Fellow in Climate Change and Development at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. He is a social scientist specializing in the policy and practice of adaptation to climate change, particularly in linking approaches to development, disasters and climate change.
Leo Horn-Phathanothai isDirector for International Cooperation at the World Resources Institute. He is an environment and development professional with extensive experience providing strategic and technical advice to the British and Chinese governments, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).