The Economics and Politics of Climate Change by Dieter HelmThe Economics and Politics of Climate Change by Dieter Helm

The Economics and Politics of Climate Change

EditorDieter Helm, Cameron Hepburn

Paperback | October 15, 2011

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The international framework for a climate change agreement is up for review as the initial Kyoto period to 2012 comes to an end. Though there has been much enthusiasm from political and environmental groups, the underlying economics and politics remain highly controversial. This book takes acool headed look at the critical roadblocks to agreement, examining the economics of climate change, the incentives of the main players (the US, EU, China) and examines the policies governments can put in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and ultimately shift our economies onto a low-carbonpath. The volume brings together leading climate change policy experts to set out the economic analysis and the nature of the negotiations at Copenhagen and beyond. In addition to reviewing the main issues discussed above, a number of the articles question the basis of much of the climate changeconsensus, and debate the Stern Report's main findings. The book is in four parts. Following an overview of the main issues, the first part is a reassessment of the economics of climate change. This is fundamental to the rest of the volume, and it contains new material which goes well beyond what might be called the new conventional wisdom. The secondpart looks at the geography of the costs and benefits of climate change - the very different perspectives of Africa, China, the US and Europe. These chapters provide a building block to considering the prospects for a new global agreement - the very different interests that will have to bereconciled at Copenhagen and beyond. The third part looks at policy instruments at the global level (whereas much of the literature to date is nationally and regionally based). Trading and RandD feature in the chapters, but so too do more radical unilateral options, including geo-engineering. Partfour turns to the institutional architecture - drawing on evidence from previous attempts in other areas, as well as proposals for new bodies.
Dieter Helm holds a number of advisory board appointments, including Chairman of the Academic Panel of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and member of the Advisory Panel on Energy and Climate Security, Department for Energy and Climate Change. He was a member of the DTI Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board 2002-...
Title:The Economics and Politics of Climate ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199606277

ISBN - 13:9780199606276


Table of Contents

1. Dieter Helm and Cameron Hepburn: IntroductionPart One: Revisiting the Economics of Climate Change2. Dieter Helm: Climate-change policy: why has so little been achieved?3. Cameron Hepburn and Nicholas Stern: The global deal on climate change4. Scott Barrett: Climate treaties and the imperative of enforcement5. Ross Garnaut, Stephen Howes, Frank Jotzo and Peter Sheehan: The implications of rapid development for emissions and climate-change mitigation6. Kjell Arne Brekke and Olof Johansson-Stenman: The behavioural economics of climate changePart Two: The Global Players and Agreements7. Paul Collier, Gordon Conway and Anthony Venables: Climate change and Africa8. Jiahua Pan, Jonathan Phillips and Ying Chen: China's balance of emissions embodied in trade: approaches to measurement and allocating international responsibility9. Vijay Joshi and Urjit R. Patel: India and climate-change mitigation10. Robert N. Stavins: Addressing climate change with a comprehensive US cap-and-trade system11. Dieter Helm: EU climate-change policy: a critiquePart Three: Low-carbon Technologies12. Dieter Helm: Nuclear power, climate change, and energy policy13. Howard Herzog: Carbon dioxide capture and storage14. Richard Green: Climate-change mitigation from renewable energy: its contribution and cost15. Krister P. Andersson, Andrew J. Plantinga, and Kenneth R. Richards: The national inventory approach for international forest-carbon sequestration management16. David G. Victor: On the regulation of geo-engineering17. Steven Sorrell: Improving energy efficiency: hidden costs and unintended consequencesPart Four: National and International Instruments18. Cameron Hepburn: Carbon taxes, emissions trading and hybrid schemes19. Gernot Wagner, Nathaniel Keohane, Annie Petsonk, and James S. Wang: Docking into a global carbon market: Clean Investment Budgets to finance low-carbon economic development20. Cameron Hepburn: International carbon finance and the Clean Development MechanismPart Five: Institutional Architecture21. Joanna Depledge and Farhana Yamin: The global climate-change regime: a defence22. Arunabha Ghosh and Ngaire Woods: Governing climate change: lessons from other governance regimesBibliography

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