This book provides an evaluation of the science and policy debates on climate change and offers a reframing of the challenges they pose, as understood by key international experts and players in the field. It also gives an important and original perspective on interpreting climate action and provides compelling evidence of the weakness of arguments that frame climate policy as a win-or-lose situation.
At the same time, the book goes beyond providing yet another description of climate change trends and policy processes. Its goal is to make available, in a series of in-depth reflections and insights by key international figures representing science, business, finance and civil society, what is really needed to link knowledge to action. Different contributions convincingly show that it is time – and possible – to reframe the climate debate in a completely new light, perhaps as a system transformative attractor for new green growth, sustainable development, and technological innovation.
Reframing the Problem of Climate Change reflects a deep belief that dealing with climate change does not have to be a zero sum game, with winners and losers. The contributors argue that our societies can learn to respond to the challenge it presents and avoid both human suffering and large scale destruction of ecosystems; and that this does not necessarily require economic sacrifice. Therefore, it is vital reading for students, academics and policy makers involved in the debate surrounding climate change.
Table of Contents
Beyond the zero-sum game: from shirking burdens to sharing benefits - Carlo C. Jaeger, Klaus Hasselmann, Gerd Leipold, D. Mangalagiu, and J. D. Tàbara Part I. The Status Analysis Chapter 1: Uncertainty in Climate Change Projections - Mojib Latif Chapter 2: Climate impacts: from numbers to adaptation action - Jochen Hinkel Chapter 3: Reframing public opinion on climate change - J. David Tàbara and Doug Miller. Part II. Overcoming the Zero Sum Game Chapter 4: Scarcity and coordination in the global commons - Carlo Jaeger Chapter 5. Assessing Green Growth: The case of Europe - Carlo Jaeger, Leonidas Paroussos, Diana Mangalagiu, Roland Kupers, Antoine Mandel and J. David Tàbara. Chapter 6: Putting people at the heart of the climate debate - Jeremy Hobbs Part III. Dealing with Complexity – Not easy, but it can be done Chapter 7: The actor-driven dynamics of decarbonization - Klaus Hasselmann and Alexey Voinov Chapter 8: When futures lock-in the present: towards a new generation of climate scenarios - Diana Mangalagiu, Angela Wilkinson and Roland Kupers Chapter 9: Mainstreaming low-carbon finance - Brindusa Fidanza. Chapter 10: Challenges and opportunities in financing the response to climate change - Diana Mangalagiu and James Cameron. Chapter 11: An example: Reforestation - Millan Millan Action for climate. Beyond climate as zero-sum game - Carlo C. Jaeger, Klaus Hasselmann, Gerd Leipold, D. Mangalagiu, and J. D. Tàbara
Prof. Carlo Jaeger is head of the research domain on Transdisciplinary concepts and methods of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, Germany.
Prof. Klaus Hasselmann is founding Director of the Max Planck Institute of Meteorology. Germany.
Dr. Gerd Leipold is a former Director of Green Peace International.
Prof. Diana Mangalagiu teaches at Reims Management School, France and is Associate Professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, University of Oxford, UK.
Dr. J. David Tabara is a senior researcher at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.