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About this book
About this book
Climate change tends to increase the frequency and intensity of weather-related disasters, which puts many people at risk. Economic, social and environmental impacts further increase vulnerability to natural disasters and tend to set back development, destroy livelihoods and increase disparity nationally and worldwide.
This book addresses the differential vulnerability of people and places, introducing concepts and methods for analysis and illustrating the impact on local, regional, national, and global scales. The chapters in the first section set the stage by focusing on the relationship between climate change and disasters and by broadly exploring the economic and social impacts they cause. Further chapters explore particular impacts of climate change, including the social, political and even military conflicts that may arise over scarce natural resources, as well as the differential impacts on biodiversity and thus the natural environment.
Chapters in the last section discuss responses to climate change impacts in terms of information sharing and preparedness, adaptation and mitigation - particularly the relevance of improving the role of markets, through investment and insurance, to face climate change. Researchers and policy-makers involved in the study of climate change and disaster prevention will find this comprehensive volume of great interest.
Contents: Foreword PART I: BACKGROUND 1. Introduction Matthias Ruth and Maria Ibarraran 2. Vulnerability, Sensitivity and Coping/Adapting Capacity Worldwide Elizabeth Malone and Antoinette Brenkert 3. Climate Change and Natural Disasters: Economic and Distributional Impacts, Overview Maria Ibarraran and Matthias Ruth PART II: DIFFERENTIAL IMPACTS 4. Health Impact of Heat: Present Realities and Potential Impacts of a Climate Change# Laurence Kalkstein, Christina Koppe, Simone Orlandini, Scott Sheridan, and Karen Tomic 5. Gender and Climate Change Vulnerability: What's the Problem, What's the Solution? Anthony Patt, Angie Daze and Pablo Suarez 6. Income Distribution Effects of Policies to Mitigate Greenhouse Gases: The Case of Mexico Roy Boyd and Maria Ibarraran 7. Climate Change and Cities: Differential Impacts and Adaptation Options in Industrialized Countries Matthias Ruth, Paul H. Kirshen and Dana Coelho 8. Climate Information, Equity and Vulnerability Reduction Pablo Suarez, Jesse C. Ribot and Anthony G. Patt 9. The Security Challenges of Climate Change: Who is at Risk and Why? Timothy Gulden 10. Distributional Effects and Change of Risk Management Regimes: Explaining Different Types of Adaptation in Germany and Indonesia Hellmuth Lange, Heiko Garrelts, Winfried Osthorst and Farid Selmi 11. Conclusions Maria Ibarraran and Matthias Ruth Index