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Politics of Climate Change

ISBN-10: 0745655157
ISBN-13: 9780745655154
Edition: 2nd 2011
Authors: Anthony Giddens
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 9/9/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Anthony Giddens, a British sociologist, was educated at Hull, the London School of Economics, and Cambridge, and is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge. His interests have been varied, but they tend to focus on questions related to the macro-order. Much of his theoretical writing deals with stratification, class, and modernity. Although he has concentrated on dynamic issues of social structure, he has also examined how social psychological concerns are part of this broader order of human relations.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Climate Change, Risk and Danger
The sceptics and their critics
The 'climate wars'
The radicals
Conclusion
Running Out, Running Down?
Peak oil
Sweating the assets
The struggle for resources
The Greens and After
The greens
Managing risk: the precautionary principle
'Sustainable development'
Over-development
Polluter pays
Ungreen themes
The politics of climate change: concepts
The Track Record So Far
Sweden, Germany and Denmark
Spain and Portugal
The case of the UK
Climate change policy and the US
Lessons to be drawn
A Return to Planning?
Planning, then and now
Changing lives
Foregrounding
A political concordat
State and society: business and the NGOs
Technologies and Taxes
Technologies: where we stand
The role of government
Promoting job creation
Carbon taxes
Carbon rationing
The re-emergence of Utopia
The Politics of Adaptation
Adaptation in the context of Europe
Floods in the UK
Insurance, hurricanes and typhoons
Adaptation: the developing world
International Negotiations, the EU and Carbon Markets
Further negotiations
The role of the EU
Carbon markets
The Geopolitics of Climate Change
An illusory world community?
The bottom billion
Oil and geopolitics
Coalitions and collaborations
The US and China
India and Brazil
In conclusion: why we still need the UN
Afterword
Notes
References
Index

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