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About this book
About this book
The contributors to this book focus on climate change issues in Australia, New Zealand and the small island nations in the South Pacific, as the world struggles to formulate responses and cope with possible impacts of global warming. The emphasis is on the scientific, political and legal issues that frame the climate change debate. An effort is made to assess the implications of climate on critical ecosystems in the region, as well as possible social and economic impacts on the region's inhabitants. Many of the contributors also discuss the role of regional factors, including government representatives and non-government organizations, in the formulation and evolution of the primary international legal instrument that addresses climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Introduction; A. Gillespie, W.C.G. Burns. 1. The Potential Impacts of Climate Change; R.N. Jones, et al. 2. The Formation of Australian Climate Change Policy: 1985-1995; H. Bulkeley. 3. Climate Change Policies in Australia; C. Hamilton. 4. A Critique of the Australian Government's Greenhouse Policies; M. Diesendorf. 5. Climate Change Policy Formation in Australia: 1995-1998; R. Taplin, X. Yu. 6. The Australian Position at the Kyoto Conference; X. Yu, R. Taplin. 7. The Impacts of Climate Change on New Zealand; R.E. Basher. 8. New Zealand Climate Policy Between 1990 and 1996: A Greenpeace Perspective; K. Hamilton. 9. New Zealand and the Climate Change Debate: 1995-1998; A. Gillespie. 10. The Role of Carbon Sequestration as a Response Strategy to Global Warming, with a Particular Focus on New Zealand; J.B. Ford-Robertson, et al. 11. Joint Implementation: A Survey of Principles and Practical Issues; P. Alsop. 12. The Impact of Climate Change on Pacific Island Developing Countries in the 21st Century; W.C.G. Burns. 13. Parochialism and Empowerment: Responding to Ecocolonialism and Globalisation in the Southwest Pacific; M. Edwards. 14. Climate Change in the Pacific: Science-based Information and Understanding; J. Hay. 15. How South Pacific Mangroves May Respond to Predicted Climate Change and Sea-level Rise; J.C. Ellison. Appendices. Index.