Climate Change and Development
To Be Published December 15th 2013 by Routledge – 296 pages
Climate change is the defining developmental challenge of our times. First, its impacts threaten to reverse hard won developmental achievements of past decades. Poor countries and peoples will generally be hit soonest and hardest despite them contributing least to causing the problem. Second, our collective response opens up new opportunities for developmental progress by giving poor countries access to significant new sources of finance, expertise and technologies. Third, the climate crisis throws into question dominant paradigms of economic development, and calls for different developmental pathways that are consistent with environmental stewardship and social justice.
This text provides a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary entry level account of the challenges, the response, and the alternative pathways to tackling development in a changing climate. The first section provides the building blocks for understanding and framing the climate-development nexus. It will include an overview of the science, drivers and impacts of climate change, and present the different disciplinary perspectives. The second section presents and assesses responses to the development challenges posed by a changing climate at different spatial scales. This section will address international, regional, national, sub-national and non-governmental responses to climate change. It will also include an overview of the main instruments and competing approaches for addressing climate change as a development concern, including market-based measures, regulatory instruments, and voluntary agreements. The final section will be forward looking and solutions-oriented. It will set out different critiques of ‘development-as-usual’ and competing visions of development in a warming and carbon-constrained world. A description of the changing context of development, shaped by the interlocking challenges of poverty, energy, growing natural resource scarcities, deteriorating ecosystems and climate change will help to situate the debate about alternative modes of development. This section lays out the intellectual and scientific underpinnings of the Green Economy, and presents it as an alternative to GDP-centric conceptions of development, one that is consistent with climate change adaptation and mitigation whilst also contributing to social justice and poverty reduction.
Climate Change and Development brings together insights and perspectives from across natural and social science disciplines. Focusing in particular on concerns and perspectives of poor countries and poor people, its hallmark is its concern with structural considerations at the heart of the climate-development nexus. It argues that a transformational – rather than incremental – approach to tackling climate change challenges offers the best route to reducing poverty, stabilizing the climate and securing the future well-being of all. Finally, the book will be concerned with real world issues and solutions. It will elaborate on the concept of a ‘green economy’ as an integrative boundary concept that reconciles climate change and development.
Introduction: Why Climate Change is the Developmental Challenge of Our Time Section 1: The Climate-Development Nexus 1. Science, Drivers and Impacts of Climate Change 2. Characterising the Climate-Development Nexus 3. Disciplinary Perspectives on Climate Change and Development Section 2: Responses to Climate Change 4. International Responses to Climate Change 5. National and Sub-National Responses 6. Non-Governmental Responses Section 3: The Future Green Economy 7. A Changing Context of Development 8. Visions of Development in a Warming and Carbon-Constrained World 9. Moving Towards a Green Economy