The failure of the Copenhagen climate conference in December 2009 revealed major flaws in the way the world's policymakers have attempted to prevent dangerous levels of increases in global temperatures. The expert authors in this specially commissioned collection focus on the likely costs and benefits of a very wide range of policy options, including geo-engineering, mitigation of CO2, methane and 'black carbon', expanding forest, research and development of low-carbon energy and encouraging green technology transfer. For each policy, authors outline all of the costs, benefits and likely outcomes, in fully referenced, clearly presented chapters accompanied by shorter, critical alternative perspectives. To further stimulate debate, a panel of economists, including three Nobel laureates, evaluate and rank the attractiveness of the policies. This authoritative and thought-provoking book will challenge readers to form their own conclusions about the best ways to respond to global warming.
Bjorn Lomborg is Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. He is the author of the controversial bestseller, The Skeptical Environmentalist (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and was named as one of the top 100 intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in 2008.
List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction Bjorn Lomborg; Part I. The Solutions: 1. Climate engineering Eric Bickel and Lee Lane; 1.1 Alternative perspective Roger Pielke Jr; 1.2 Alternative perspective Anne E. Smith; 2. Carbon dioxide mitigation Richard S. J. Tol; 2.1 Alternative perspective Onno Kuik; 2.2 Alternative perspective Roberto Roson; 3. Forestry carbon sequestration Brent Sohngen; 3.1 Alternative perspective Sabine Fuss; 4. Black carbon mitigation Robert E. Baron, W. David Montgomery and Sugandha D. Tuladhar; 4.1 Alternative perspective Milind Kandlikar, Conor C. O. Reynolds and Andy P. Grieshop; 5. Methane mitigation Claudia Kemfert and Wolf-Peter Schill; 5.1 Alternative perspective David Anthoff; 5.2 Alternative perspective Daniel Johansson and Fredrik Hedenus; 6. Market and policy driven adaptation Francesco Bosello, Carlo Carraro and Enrica de Cian; 6.1 Alternative perspective Samuel Fankhauser; 6.2 Alternative perspective Frank Jotzo; 7. Technology-led climate policy Isabel Galiana and Christopher Green; 7.1 Alternative perspective Valentina Bosetti; 7.2 Alternative perspective Gregory Nemet; 8. Technology transfers Zili Yang; 8.1 Alternative perspective David Popp; Part II. Ranking the Opportunities: 9. Expert panel ranking Nancy L. Stokey, Vernon L. Smith, Thomas C. Schelling, Finn E. Kydland and Jagdish N. Bhagwati; Conclusion Bjorn Lomborg; Index.