Climate change and variability has become the primary environmental concern of the 21st Century. The potential impacts and mitigation of climate change need to be analyzed within the context of sustainable development. Primer on Climate Change and Sustainable Development presents a condensed and accessible review of the latest state-of-the-art assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The book begins with a foreword from the chair of the IPCC. Our current knowledge of the basic science of climate change is described, before moving on to future scenarios of development within the context of climate change. Possible adaptation and mitigation measures, including cost and benefit analysis, are discussed. The book will be an invaluable textbook for students of environmental science and policy, and researchers and policy makers involved in all aspects of climate change.
• A comprehensive but accessible and concise review of findings of the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, supplemented by recent research • Explains key linkages between climate change and more urgent local development problems • Places environmental, economic and social dimensions of climate change and sustainable development in one coherent framework • Covers both scientific and social science aspects of the subject that other texts at this level do not
Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1. Climate change: scientific background and introduction; 2. Future scenarios of development and climate change; 3. Framework for making development more sustainable: concepts and analytical tools; 4. Making development more sustainable; 5. Adaptation to climate change: concepts, approaches and linkages with wider sustainable development issues; 6. Vulnerability, impacts and adaptation by sectors and systems; 7. Vulnerability, impacts and adaptation by geographic region; 8. Mitigating climate change: concepts and linkages with sustainable development; 9. Mitigating measures: technologies, practices, barriers and policy instruments; 10. Assessment of mitigation costs and benefits; 11. Climate change and sustainable development: a synthesis; Index.