As the United Nations Climate Change Conference enters its second week in Copenhagen, negotiators from around the world are still at odds over a number of issues. Brookings Press has published a number of books in recent years that illuminate the issues at hand.
In Global Warming: Looking beyond Kyoto, some of the best-known and respected authorities in climate policy—including members of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—provide a comprehensive agenda for global collective action. Representing both industrialized and developing nations, the contributors present a thought-provoking examination of the economic, social, and political context of climate policy within their countries.
Although international attention has focused primarily on the industrial and energy sectors, the agriculture, forestry, and land use sector is a major driver of the climate change problem. Thus, it must also be an integral part of the solution. In Climate Change and Forests: Emerging Policy and Market Opportunities international experts explain the links between climate change and forests, highlighting the potential role of this sector within emerging climate policy frameworks and carbon markets.
Increasingly, climate change and development are two sides of the same coin. Climate Change and Global Poverty: A Billion Lives in the Balance? draws on expertise from the climate change and development communities to ask how the public and private sectors can help the world's poor manage the global climate crisis.
Climate change threatens not only the environment but global peace and security as well. Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change brings together experts on climate science, foreign policy, political science, oceanography, history, and national security to take measure of these risks. Its editor, Kurt Campbell, currently serves the Obama administration as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
And as policymakers strive toward a post-2012 climate change framework, the success of the trading system in building a relatively successful international institution might provide lessons for the climate change system. Climate Change, Trade, and Competitiveness: Is a Collision Inevitable? examines the relationship between climate change and trade and lays out the complex decisions facing policymakers.
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