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Climate Change and Sustainable Development

New Challenges for Poverty Reduction Edited by M.A. Mohamed Salih, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
This unique book provides cutting-edge knowledge and analyses of the consequences that climate change will have for sustainable development and poverty reduction within the context of global development.
Extent: 336 pp
Hardback Price: $151.00 Web: $135.90
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 409 6
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This unique book provides cutting-edge knowledge and analyses of the consequences that climate change will have for sustainable development and poverty reduction within the context of global development.

Exploring alternative resource management approaches including federal resource management governance, ecosystem services, digital dematerialization, ecological cities, biofuels versus food, and children and climate change, this innovative volume provides fresh insights on the human condition with regards to the current debates on climate change. The distinguished contributors examine climate change induced processes that present profound challenges to sustainable development and poverty reduction at the local, national and global levels.

This groundbreaking study will be a welcome addition for graduate and post-graduate students in development and environmental studies. It will also have great appeal to scientists, policy-makers and researchers in these fields.
‘. . . this book gives a good overview of major challenges facing policy makers, researchers and ultimately humankind in dealing with climate change. . . The reader also gets a good understanding of how fragmented and transversal the issues of climate change and sustainable development are.’
– Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture

‘. . . a unified, useful and stimulating book which should act as a springboard for further work into what is a very topical and extremely important issue for everyone in the world, not just academics and policymakers. This book serves its intended audience but also deserves to be more widely read.’
– World Entrepreneurship Society

‘Too often, writings on climate change are placed into two categories: climate-change deniers, and climate-change supporters. What this timely and insightful collection of Mohamed Salih’s does, is to problematise the issue; taking the debate to a level where it desperately needs to be; asking the “thorny” questions of how do the politics and international relations of climate impact upon the most vulnerable; the least-affluent; the dwellers of the majority world. In short, Salih challenges us: “How did the climate change about climate-change”. The responses of his contributors are salient, to-the-point – sometimes disturbing – but always thought-provoking.’
– Timothy Doyle, Keele University, UK

‘Editing the proceedings of a symposium into a cogent and coherent book is no easy task. This book, a tribute to Professor Opschoor is no exception; with disperse contributions of some highly acclaimed authors covering a wide spectrum of themes. It is a credit to Professor Salih’s insight to string them together in the introductory chapter and entice the reader to read on. This book has food for thought on many fronts, reaching far beyond climate change, as did the oeuvre of Hans Opschoor. . . an instructive read.’
– Paul Vlek, Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany

‘It is difficult, if not impossible, to formulate and implement sustainable policy without first understanding the dynamic relationships between nature, society, economics and technology, and research plays a pivotal role in this regard. Climate Change and Sustainable Development is an important book which deals with these issues in the context of climate change and the changing global context of development. It alerts us to the relationship climate change has with two urgent tasks: poverty reduction and sustainable development, which require efforts that span countries, regions and communities. In this interdependent world, argue the authors, a shared vision and common effort are vital to sustaining our life support system. It is a must read.’
– Jacqueline Cramer, The Netherlands Minister for Spatial Planning and the Environment
Contributors: K. Arts, L. Box, J. Cramer, M.B.K. Darkoh, B. de Gaay Fortman, A.J. Dietz, B. Fisher, J. Gupta, B. Hartmann, M. Khayesi, V.G.M. Linderhof, S.M. Murshed, E. Ostrom, M.A.M. Salih, N.J. Schrijver, M. Spoor, K. Turner, J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, M.P. van Dijk, H. Verbruggen, R. Vos
Contents:

Foreword
Jacqueline Cramer

Preface
Louk Box

Introduction
M.A. Mohamed Salih

1. Polycentric Systems as One Approach to Solving Collective-Action Problems
Elinor Ostrom

2. An Ecosystems Services Approach: Income, Inequality and Poverty
Kerry Turner and Brendan Fisher

3. Ecospace, Humanspace and Climate Change
Ton Dietz

4. After Us, the Deluge? The Position of Future Generations of Humankind in International Environmental Law
Nico Schrijver

5. A Child Rights Perspective on Climate Change
Karin Arts

6. Climate Change and Development (Cooperation)
Joyeeta Gupta

7. Environmental Security, Politics and Markets
Bas de Gaay Fortman

8. Humans are the Measure of All Things: Resource Conflicts versus Cooperation
Syed Mansoob Murshed

9. From Climate Refugees to Climate Conflict: Who is Taking the Heat for Global Warming?
Betsy Hartmann

10. Rural Poverty, Cotton Production and Environmental Degradation in Central Eurasia
Max Spoor

11. Spatializing Development and Environmental Discourses: The Case of Sustainable Development and Globalization
Michael Bernard Kwesi Darkoh and Meleckidzedeck Khayesi

12. Digital Dematerialization: Economic Mechanisms Behind the Net Impact of ICT on Materials Use
Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh, Harmen Verbruggen and Vincent G.M. Linderhof

13. Ecological Cities, Illustrated by Chinese Examples
Meine Pieter van Dijk

14. Green or Mean: Is Biofuel Production Undermining Food Security? Rob Vos

Bibliography

Index