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Distributional Impacts of Climate Change and Disasters

Concepts and Cases Edited by Matthias Ruth, Vice-President (Research), University of Alberta, Canada and María E. Ibarrarán, former Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Business, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Mexico
Climate change tends to increase the frequency and intensity of weather-related disasters, which puts many people at risk. Economic, social and environmental impacts further increase vulnerability to disasters and tend to set back development, destroy livelihoods, and increase disparity nationally and worldwide. This book addresses the differential vulnerability of people and places, introducing concepts and methods for analysis and illustrating the impact on local, regional, national, and global scales.
Extent: 232 pp
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 037 1
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  • Development Studies
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  • Environmental Economics
  • Regional Economics
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  • Environment
  • Disasters
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  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
Climate change tends to increase the frequency and intensity of weather-related disasters, which puts many people at risk. Economic, social and environmental impacts further increase vulnerability to disasters and tend to set back development, destroy livelihoods, and increase disparity nationally and worldwide. This book addresses the differential vulnerability of people and places, introducing concepts and methods for analysis and illustrating the impact on local, regional, national, and global scales.

The chapters in the first section set the stage by focusing on the relationship between climate change and disasters and by broadly exploring their economic and social aftermaths. Further chapters explore particular impacts of climate change, including the social, political and even military conflicts that may arise over scarce natural resources, as well as the effects on biodiversity and thus the natural environment. Chapters in the last section discuss responses to climate change in terms of information sharing and preparedness, adaptation and mitigation – particularly the relevance of improving the role of markets, through investment and insurance, to face these challenges.

Researchers and policymakers involved in the study of climate change and disaster prevention will find this comprehensive volume of great interest.
‘The papers produced in this book make a good start at examining this complex topic.’
– Natural Hazards Observer

‘Readers who want more than just the results will find themselves perusing the copious references lists for each section. The interdisciplinary nature of these essays makes this volume highly accessible and worthwhile for economics as well as environmental studies courses.’
– B.J. Peterson, Choice
Contributors: R. Boyd, A. Brenkert, D. Coelho, A. Dazé, H. Garrelts, T. Gulden, M.E. Ibarrarán, L. Kalkstein, P.H. Kirshen, C. Koppe, H. Lange, E. Malone, M. Molina, S. Orlandini, W. Osthorst, A.G. Patt, J.C. Ribot, M. Ruth, F. Selmi, S. Sheridan, K. Smoyer-Tomic, P. Suarez
Contents:

Foreword
Mario Molina

PART I: BACKGROUND
1. Introduction: Distributional Effects of Climate Change – Social and Economic Implications
Matthias Ruth and María E. Ibarrarán

2. Vulnerability, Sensitivity and Coping/Adapting Capacity Worldwide
Elizabeth Malone and Antoinette Brenkert

3. Climate Change and Natural Disasters: Economic and Distributional Impacts
María E. Ibarrarán and Matthias Ruth

PART II: DIFFERENTIAL IMPACTS
4. Health Impact of Heat: Present Realities and Potential Impacts of a Climate Change
Laurence Kalkstein, Christina Koppe, Simone Orlandini, Scott Sheridan, and Karen Smoyer-Tomic

5. Gender and Climate Change Vulnerability: What’s the Problem, What’s the Solution?
Anthony G. Patt, Angie Dazé and Pablo Suarez

6. Income Distribution Effects of Policies to Mitigate Greenhouse Gases: The Case of Mexico
Roy Boyd and María E. Ibarrarán

7. Climate Change and Cities: Differential Impacts and Adaptation Options in Industrialized Countries
Matthias Ruth, Paul H. Kirshen and Dana Coelho

8. Climate Information, Equity and Vulnerability Reduction
Pablo Suarez, Jesse C. Ribot and Anthony G. Patt

9. The Security Challenges of Climate Change: Who is at Risk and Why?
Timothy Gulden

10. Distributional Effects and Change of Risk Management Regimes: Explaining Different Types of Adaptation in Germany and Indonesia
Hellmuth Lange, Heiko Garrelts, Winfried Osthorst and Farid Selmi

11. Conclusions
María E. Ibarrarán and Matthias Ruth

Index