Climate change is currently at the centre of scientific and political debate, and the need for well-designed international climate policies is widely recognised. Despite this, the complexity of both the climate change problem and the international negotiation process has resulted in a large number of outstanding issues which still require attention. The authors of this book attempt to address and resolve some of the problems which have remained on the climate change agenda, without serious action, for far too long.
The authors contribute to the many discussions on international climate policy and provide an in-depth analysis of the main characteristics of the problem of climate change. They highlight the various potential solutions to the problem and their consequences, and look at the development and implementation of the international climate regime. Adopting a long-term perspective, they pay particular attention to the economic, institutional, political and social aspects of climate change.
Issues in International Climate Policy is a comprehensive book which makes the complicated themes and issues accessible to a wider audience. It will be invaluable reading for all scientists, policymakers and environmental economists with a serious interest in climate change and the negotiation process.
Edited by Ekko C. van Ierland, Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Wageningen University, Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South, Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft and Marcel T.J. Kok, Researcher, RIVM National Institute for Public Health and Environment, Office for Environmental Assessments, the Netherlands
Contents: 1. Options for International Climate Policies: Towards an Effective Regime Part I: Problem Exploration and Relevant Context 2. Why Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Reasons, Issue-Linkages and Dilemmas 3. Challenges of Future Climate Policy: What Can Be Expected? 4. Global Trends and Climate Change Policies 5. Climate Change Policy in Changing Contexts: Globalization, Political Modernization and Legal Innovation Part II: Towards Solutions and Consequences of these Solutions 6. Policies and Measures in International Climate Policy: Price vs. Quantity 7. The Kyoto Mechanisms: Economic Potential, Environmental Problems and Political Barriers 8. Terrestrial Carbon Sinks and Biomass in International Climate Policies Part III: Implementation and the Development of a Climate Regime 9. Comprehensive Approaches to Differentiation of Future Climate Commitments - Some Options Compared 10. Linkages Between the Climate Change Regime and the International Trade Regime 11. Elaborating an International Compliance Regime under the Kyoto Protocol 12. Between `Curbing the Trends' and `Business-as-Usual': NGOs in International Climate Change Policies 13. Climate Options for the Long Term: Possible Strategies Index