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Making Climate Change Work for Us


  • 55 b/w illus. 14 colour illus.
  • Page extent: 446 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.05 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521119412)

Introducing the main challenges and opportunities of developing local, regional and global strategies for addressing climate change, this book explains the dilemmas faced when converting strategies into policies. Providing a synthesis of the findings of the three-year European Commission ADAM (Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies) research project and written by many leading interdisciplinary climate change research teams, European strategies for tackling climate change are placed within a global context. The book illustrates the differences between adaptation and mitigation, offers regional and global case studies of how adaptation and mitigation are inter-linked, and suggests six different metaphors for the strategic options to make climate change work for us, rather than against us. Offering practical solutions to climate change – both adaptation and mitigation – within the policy contexts in which these solutions have to be implemented, this book is valuable for researchers in varied related fields, as well policymakers in government, industry and NGOs.

• Provides an introduction to important and yet unpublished research without being technically demanding • Allows readers to understand the challenges of adaptation alongside those of mitigation, illustrated with regional and global case studies of how adaptation and mitigation inter-link • Leading climate change experts cover topics not much covered in IPCC assessments, to give readers a complete overview


List of contributing authors; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Part I. Concepts and Scenarios: 1. Climate policy and inter-linkages between adaptation and mitigation Henry Neufeldt; 2. Climate change appraisal in the EU: current trends and future challenges Duncan Russell; 3. Scenarios as the basis for assessment of mitigation and adaptation Detlef P. van Vuuren; 4. National responsibilities for adaptation strategies: lessons from four modelling frameworks Asbjørn Aaheim; 5. Learning to adapt: re-framing climate change adaptation Jochen Hinkel; Part II. Strategies Within Europe: 6. How do climate policies work? Dilemmas in European climate governance Frans Berkhout; 7. Transforming the European energy system Gunnar S. Eskeland; 8. A risk management approach for assessing adaptation to changing flood and drought risks in Europe Reinhard Mechler; 9. Mainstreaming adaptation in regional land use and water management Saskia E. Werners; Part III. Strategies Beyond Europe: 10. Global climate governance after 2012: architecture, agency and adaptation Frank Biermann; 11. The economics of low stabilisation: implications for technological change and policy Brigitte Knopf; 12. Mainstreaming climate change in development cooperation policy: conditions for success Joyeeta Gupta; 13. Insurance as part of a climate adaptation strategy Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer; Part IV. Synthesis: 14. What can social science tell us about meeting the challenge of climate change? Five insights from five years that might make a difference Anthony Patt; Appendix: description of models; Index.


Review of the hardback: 'Hulme and Neufeldt present detailed research on adaptation and mitigation strategies at a crucial time for European climate policy … will have a significant appeal for researchers and policy makers … this book could have an effective contribution to societies worldwide.' The Geographical Journal


Henry Neufeldt, Duncan Russell, Detlef P. van Vuuren, Asbjørn Aaheim, Jochen Hinkel, Frans Berkhout, Gunnar S. Eskeland, Reinhard Mechler, Saskia E. Werners, Frank Biermann, Brigitte Knopf, Joyeeta Gupta, Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer, Anthony Patt

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