Global Crisis

Author: Ian Jackson
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351350498
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Global Crisis from the Author: Ian Jackson. Few historians can claim to have undertaken historical analysis on as grand a scale as Geoffrey Parker in his 2013 work Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. It is a doorstop of a book that surveys the 'general crisis of the 17th century, ' shows that it was experienced practically throughout the world, and was not merely a European phenomenon, and links it to the impact of climate change in the form of the advent of a cold period known as the 'Little Ice Age.' Parker's triumph is made possible by the deployment of formidable critical thinking skills - reasoning, to construct an engaging overall argument from very disparate material, and analysis, to re-examine and understand the plethora of complex secondary sources on which his book is built. In critical thinking, analysis is all about understanding the features and structures of argument: how given reasons lead to conclusions, and what kinds of implicit reasons and assumptions are being used. Historical analysis applies the same skills to the fabric of history, asking how given chains of events occur, how different reasons and factors interact, and so on. Parker, though, takes things further than most in his quest to understand the meaning of a century's-worth of turbulence spread across the whole globe. Beginning by breaking down the evidence for significant climatic cooling in the 17th-century (due to decreased solar activity), he moves on to detailed study of the effects the cooling had on societies and regimes across the world. From this detailed spadework, he constructs a persuasive argument that accounts for the different ways in which the effects of climate change played out across the century - an argument with profound implications for a future likely to see serious climate change of its own.

Climate Change Across The Curriculum

Author: Eric J. Fretz
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498511198
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Climate Change Across The Curriculum from the Author: Eric J. Fretz. Climate Change across the Curriculum examines ways of thinking and conveying information about climate change across university curricula and within academic disciplines. The contributors provide methods, strategies, rationales, and theoretical justifications for teaching climate issues at the university level. The content of this book aims to introduce climate change to classes outside of the sciences, as it will take a wide range of disciplines, broader institutional thinking, and experimentation to fully engage university resources and knowledge toward the mitigation of fossil fuel consumption and adaptation to the negative consequences of climate change. Climate Change across the Curriculum encourages professors to engage salient aspects of their academic disciplines to the study of climate issues in the classroom, as well as sample theories, practices, and resources from a wide range of academic disciplines outside of their own areas of specialization. The contributors ask: what role will higher education play in addressing environmental challenges and producing students who become professionals who accomplish work that solves these problems?

International Climate Change Law And State Compliance

Author: Alexander Zahar
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134616937
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International Climate Change Law And State Compliance from the Author: Alexander Zahar. A solution to the problem of climate change requires close international cooperation and difficult reforms involving all states. Law has a clear role to play in that solution. What is not so clear is the role that law has played to date as a constraining factor on state conduct. International Climate Change Law and State Compliance is an unprecedented treatment of the nature of climate change law and the compliance of states with that law. The book argues that the international climate change regime, in the twenty or so years it has been in existence, has developed certain normative rules of law, binding on states. State conduct under these rules is characterized by generally high compliance in areas where equity is not a major concern. There is, by contrast, low compliance in matters requiring a burden-sharing agreement among states to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to a ‘safe’ level. The book argues that the substantive climate law presently in place must be further developed, through normative rules that bind states individually to top-down mitigation commitments. While a solution to the problem of climate change must take this form, the law’s development in this direction is likely to be hesitant and slow. The book is aimed at scholars and graduate students in environmental law, international law, and international relations.

Climate Change And Energy

Author: Yoichi Kaya
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 1783265620
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Climate Change And Energy from the Author: Yoichi Kaya. Within the contexts of the global warming crisis facing the world, climate change mitigation strategies must be developed with a deep understanding of the science behind the impact of climate change and adaptations that must be made. This book discusses the mitigation strategy of climate change from the perspective of Japan and adopts a comprehensive view on climate change science, taking into consideration the recent international discussions on the subject, including those of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Furthermore, this book discusses energy and environment strategies in Japan, particularly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power accident, underpinning Japan's historical lack of natural resource and the resulting difficulties it faces in keeping up with the demand for energy. Finally, this book provides the quantitative model to assess scenarios for climate mitigation and their associated costs and economic impacts for the formulation of a national strategy for an effective and sustainable set of climate change mitigation measures. Contents:Overview: Basic Strategy for Mitigating Climate Change (Yoichi Kaya):Brief History of the Reaction of Mankind to Climate ChangeCauses and Impacts of Climate ChangeThe 2-Degree TargetCharacteristics of Energy and Measures for Reducing CO2 EmissionDiscussion on Attainability of the 2-Degree TargetConstruction of a New TargetJapan's Energy and Environmental Policy (Kenji Yamaji):Brief History of Japan's Energy and Environmental PolicyReconstruction of Energy and Environmental Policy after FukushimaManaging the Nuclear RiskThe Future of Renewable EnergyFrontiers of Energy and Environmental Policy in JapanModel Analysis for Climate Change Mitigation Strategy (Keigo Akimoto):Introduction to Model Analysis for Climate Change Mitigation StrategyAssessment of Sustainable Development ScenariosAssessment of Climate Change Mitigation MeasuresAssessment of Japanese Energy and Environmental Strategy Readership: Graduate students, researchers and readers interested in energy studies and climate change mitigation. Key Features:There are few books for climate change mitigation written in English from a Japanese point of viewThe authors are outstanding researchers for climate change mitigation and energy policies in JapanThe lead author, Yoichi Kaya, is also well known within the research society for climate change mitigation in the world as the developer of the “Kaya-identity”, which has often been adopted in several IPCC reportsKeywords:Climate Change;Mitigation;Energy;CO2;Japan

Green Economy And Climate Mitigation

Author: Godwell Nhamo
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 0798302933
Size: 55.78 MB
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Green Economy And Climate Mitigation from the Author: Godwell Nhamo. Climate change is real and is impacting on economies and lives in Africa, especially rural livelihoods. The effects of the climate change phenomena have drawn bitter debate between both the developed and developing countries. To address some of the concerns, the authors identified topics of relevance to Africa, among them: discourses surrounding the green economy and sustainable development; financing green economies; carbon benchmarking; role of multilateral development banks in carbon financing; and carbon taxation. The book mainstreams climate change into 'unfamiliar' territories, such as accounting, finance, management, education, economics and banking.

Carbon Governance Climate Change And Business Transformation

Author: Adam Bumpus
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135067864
Size: 73.69 MB
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Carbon Governance Climate Change And Business Transformation from the Author: Adam Bumpus. "The book brings together new analysis from primary research on business responses and innovations to climate legislation, outputs from workshop discussions, and insights from leading low carbon business practitioners. Broadly, the book is based on emerging theories of multi-levelled, multi-actor carbon governance, and applies these ideas to the real world implications for tackling climate change through business transformation"--

Climate Change As Environmental And Economic Hazard

Author: B. N. Porfir'ev
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 1849774412
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Climate Change As Environmental And Economic Hazard from the Author: B. N. Porfir'ev. The current policy for climate change prioritises mitigation over adaptation. The collected papers of Climate Change as Environmental and Economic Hazard argue that although efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are still vital, the new policy paradigm should shift the priority to adaptation, with a special focus on disaster risk reduction. It should also consider climate change not purely as a hazard and a challenge, but as a window of opportunity to shift to a new sustainable development policy model, which stresses the particular importance of communities' resilience. The papers in this volume explore the key issues linked to this shift, including: Increasing research into the Earth Sciences, climate reconstruction and forecasting in order to decrease the degree of uncertainty about the origin, development and implications of climate change; The introduction of more binding and comprehensive regulation of both greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation measures, like that in the United Kingdom; Matching climate policy with that for disasters and mainstreaming it into overall development strategies.The volume is a valuable addition to previous climate change research and considers a new policy approach to this new global challenge.

Antarctica As Cultural Critique

Author: E. Glasberg
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137014431
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Antarctica As Cultural Critique from the Author: E. Glasberg. Arguing that Antarctica is the most mediated place on earth and thus an ideal location for testing the limits of bio-political management of population and place, this book remaps national and postcolonial methods and offers a new look on a 'forgotten' continent now the focus of ecological concern.