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Local Climate Change and Society

Edited by M. A. Mohamed Salih

© 2013 – Routledge

228 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Although the impacts of climate change are certainly global, its manifestations and subsequent consequences begin locally. Local Climate Change and Society examines how climate change has altered society’s relationship with the environment and particularly local communities to adapt to and mitigate climate change. The book analyzes the principles, practices and local responses to micro-level climate policies and interrogates the increasing role of local governments and local climate social movements induced by transnational corporations’ activities both above and below the equator.

This book contains country and cross-country case studies and inter-disciplinary contributions written by academics, researchers and policy makers at the cutting edge of climate change knowledge. It aimed at students of environmental and climate change in the social sciences, academics, climate change public.

Local climate change and society has direct appeal to professional staff concerned with environmental management, and policy makers supporting communities and municipalities in climate change adaptation and mitigation processes and activities at the at local level.


"Can the dimensions of different scale levels from a socio-cultural, an economic-administrative and an eco-system perspective at all be compared? The different case studies in Local Climate Change and Society reflect these problems as there is not such a thing as a binary division of the global and the local scale, but in our world today, there are indeed many different scale levels according to the dimensions and the aspects involved". - Hans (J.A.) van Ginkel, former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and Rector of the United Nations University in Tokyo.

Table of Contents

1. Economy, Entropy and Local Climate Change 2. Conceptualizing Local Climate Change and Society 3. Micro Level Climate Change Impacts and Response in Malawi, Botswana and Kenya 4. Local Climate Change and Water Distribution in Xinjiang, China 5. Using Local Knowledge to Shrink the Individual Carbon Footprint 6. Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD): Gendered Resource Systems and Livelihood Diversification 7. The Role of Local Government Units in Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation: The Case of Albay, Philippines 8. Local environmental initiatives in Chinese and Dutch Cities 9. Local Campaigns against Shell or Transnational Campaigns Against Climate Change? From the Niger Delta in Nigeria to Rossport in Ireland 10. Pulp mills and Mining: Trajectories of non-traditional actors limits of influence, Argentina

About the Editor

M. A. Mohamed Salih is Deputy Rector for Research Affairs and Professor of Politics of Development both at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Department of Political Science, University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy