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The Challenge of Climate Change. Which Way Now?. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5224591
  • Book
  • November 2010
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Global warming and climate change present complex interlocking issues of public policy, multilateral negotiation, and technological advancement.  This book explores both the problems and the opportunities presented by international agreements, and examines the technological developments and policy goals that can be pursued to effect the changes necessary.  Specific steps are proposed in the form of a list of priorities.

This book represents a cooperative enterprise between two authors of different backgrounds - engineering and international relations  - and is directed  to an educated but non-professional lay audience without any formal training in either science or international relations. The points of view of negotiators from both developed and developing nations are presented and compared.  Each topic is presented from both technical and policy perspectives as a means to evaluate the variety of proposals that have been offered as remedies to global warming.

The text is supported by illustrations and tables where appropriate, including a list of References at the end of each chapter.

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1 In the Beginning.


1.1 The Viewpoint Taken.

1.2 What is Your Problem?

1.3 The Challenges We Face.

Notes and References.

2 A View of Geopolitics.


2.1 Are There Limits to Growth?

2.2 Public Goods and Public “Bads”.

2.3 Policymaking and Negotiations.

Notes and References.

3 Surveying the Field.


3.1 A History of Change.

3.2 Measuring Energy.

3.3 Supply: Where Do We Get It?

3.4 Demand: How Do We Use It?

3.5 Will We Run Out of Oil? Or Gas?

3.6 Forms of Energy.

Notes and References.

4 Global Warming.


4.1 Temperature of the Planet.

4.2 Greenhouse Gases.

4.3 Is Global Warming Our Fault?

4.4 The RF Index.

4.5 Air Pollution Revisited.

4.6 Immediate or Short-Term Remedies.

4.7 Limits to Growth and the Commons Revisited.

4.8 Sequestration.

Notes and References.

5 Renewable Energy.


5.1 Hydroelectric Power.

5.2 Biofuels.

5.3 Wind Power.

5.4 Power from Tides and Waves.

5.5 Direct Use of Solar Energy.

5.6 Nuclear Energy.

5.7 Geothermal Energy.

5.8 Indirect Emissions and Hidden Costs.

Notes and References.

6 Energy Storage.


6.1 Batteries and Fuel Cells.

6.2 Syngas and Liquid Fuels.

6.3 Hydrogen Gas.

6.4 Pumped Water or Compressed Air.

6.5 Hot Water or Molten Salt.

6.6 Flywheels.

Notes and References.

7 The Negotiating Process.


7.1 A Period of Transition.

7.2 Our Worst Fears.

7.3 Guidance from a Theory of Bargaining.

7.4 Useful Lessons from the Past.

7.5 What Should a Treaty Accomplish?

7.6 Where We are Heading.

Notes and References.

8 From Theory to Practice.


8.1 Different Regimes and Perspectives.

8.2 Improving the Prospects.

8.3 The Debate on Venues.

8.4 Bargaining Strategies: Domestic and International.

8.5 Big Bang or Accelerated Incrementalism?

8.6 Choices in the Context of Risk.

Notes and References.

9 Where Do We Go from Here?


9.1 Is the Feasible Insufficient?

9.2 Fiscal Measures.

9.3 A Complicated Question.

9.4 An Overall Assessment.

9.5 Choices and Priorities.

9.6 Caveats.

9.7 A To-Do List.

Notes and References.

10 A List of Priorities.


10.1 Short-Term Gains: Less than 10 Years.

10.2 Medium-Term Improvements: 10–20 Years.

10.3 Long-Term Solutions: More than 20 Years.

10.4 Plan A and Plan B, Simultaneously.

Notes and References.

11 Prospects After Copenhagen.


11.1 Costly Failure or Small Success?

11.2 Reframing the Debate.

11.3 The Good News and the Bad News.

11.4 The China Problem.

11.5 Third World Dilemmas.

11.6 Polarized Politics.

Notes and References.


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Daniel P. Perlmutter University of Pennsylvania.

Robert L. Rothstein Colgate University.
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