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Handbook of Climate Change and India: Development, Politics and Governance

By: Navroz K Dubash(Editor)

400 pages, 51 b/w illustrations, 32 tables


Paperback | Jun 2015 | #222233 | ISBN-13: 9781138924017
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How do policymakers, businesses and civil society in India approach the challenge of climate change? What do they believe global climate negotiations will achieve and how? And how are Indian political and policy debates internalizing climate change? Relatively little is known globally about internal climate debate in emerging industrializing countries, but what happens in rapidly growing economies like India's will increasingly shape global climate change outcomes.

This Handbook brings together prominent voices from India, including policymakers, politicians, business leaders, civil society activists and academics, to build a composite picture of contemporary Indian climate politics and policy. One section lays out the range of positions and substantive issues that shape Indian views on global climate negotiations. Another delves into national politics around climate change. A third looks at how climate change is beginning to be internalized in sectoral policy discussions over energy, urbanization, water, and forests. Handbook of Climate Change and India is introduced by an essay that lays out the critical issues shaping climate politics in India, and its implications for global politics.

Handbook of Climate Change and Indias show that, within India, climate change is approached primarily as a developmental challenge and is marked by efforts to explore how multiple objectives of development, equity and climate mitigation can simultaneously be met. In addition, Indian perspectives on climate negotiations are in a state of flux. Considerations of equity across countries and a focus on the primary responsibility for action of wealthy countries continue to be central, but there are growing voices of concern on the impacts of climate change on India. How domestic debates over climate governance are resolved in the coming years, and the evolution of India's global negotiation stance are likely to be important inputs toward creating shared understandings across countries in the years ahead, and identify ways forward. Handbook of Climate Change and India on the Indian experience with climate change and development is a valuable contribution to both purposes.

"An excellent handbook, which brings together so many views and perspectives from India [...] Importantly, it adds Indian voices to the global discussion, which has so far, seen only a smattering of voices from the South [...] the handbook will play an important role in bridging some of the gaps in understanding that exist both within India and within the international community."
- Jairam Ramesh, Minister, Rural Development, and Former Minister, Environment and Forests, Government of India

"The breadth of the subject treated and the depth of analyses render this book an indispensable tool for anyone working on climate change issues anywhere."
- Youba Sokona, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ethiopia

"This is a great volume, valuable not only to the debate in India but globally. Twenty years of climate diplomacy have taught us the central importance of understanding the domestic context that lies behind countries' international positions; and also of domestic audiences understanding the impact of these positions internationally. This volume offers wide-ranging insights into both. It is the most comprehensive book yet to chart and explain the rise of climate change debates in the world's most populous country – or indeed, in any of the major emerging economies. The Indian approach to climate change has consequences for all its citizens, and the world beyond: this is the book they need to read."
- Michael Grubb, University of Cambridge, UK



Part 1: Climate Science and Potential Impacts
1. Impacts of Climate Change on India
2. Sea Level Rise: Impact on Major Infrastructure, Ecosystems and Land Along the Tamil Nadu Coast
3. Impact of Climate Change on a Shift of the Apple Belt in Himachal Pradesh, India
4. India in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Part 2: Past as Prologue: Early Indian Perspectives on Climate Change
5. Global Warming in an Unequal World: A Case of Environmental Colonialism - Select Excerpts
6. Present at the Creation: The Making of the Framework Convention on Climate Change

Part 3: The International Climate Negotiations: Stakes, Debates and Dilemmas
7. International Climate Negotiations and India's Role
8. The Reach and Limits of the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities in the Climate Change
9. Equity and Burden Sharing in Emission Scenarios: A Carbon Budget Approach
10. Equity in Climate Change: the Range of Metrics and Views
11. Climate Change Debate: The Rationale of India's Position
12. India's Official Position: A Critical View based on Science
13. A View from the Outside: International Perspectives on India's Climate Positions Part 4: Domestic Politics of Climate Change
14. Climate Politics in India: Three Narratives
15. Climate Change and the Indian Environmental Movement
16. Hiding behind the Poor Debate: A Synthetic Overview
17. Climate Change Debates in the Indian Parliament - Commentary: Suresh Prabhu Excerpts from Lok Sabha Debates and Rajya Sabha Debates
18. Climate Change and the Private Sector
19. Corporate Responses to Climate Change in India
20. A Change in Climate? Examining Trends in Climate Change Reportage in the Indian Print Media

Part 5: Integrating Climate Change and Development: A Sectoral View
21. Energy, Development and Climate Change
22. Climate Change and Urbanization in India
23. Agriculture in the Environment: Are Sustainable Climate Friendly Systems Possible in India?
24. Framework for India's Strategic Water Resource Management under a Changing Climate
25. Mitigation or Exploitation? The Climate Talks, REDD and Forest Areas
26. The Technology Agenda

Part 6: Looking into the Future
27. Mainstreaming Climate Change
28. The Geopolitics of Climate Change

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Navroz K. Dubash is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. His current work examines climate change as a problem of multi-level governance by focusing on domestic regulatory changes in environmentally-sensitive sectors. He also works on the political economy of energy in India and Asia, international climate change negotiations, the role of civil society in global environmental governance, and water governance. He is currently a member of India's Expert Committee on Low Carbon Strategies for Inclusive Growth, a lead author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and he also serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. His recent publications include a co-edited special issue of Climate Policy entitled Beyond Copenhagen and a co-edited special issue on Global Energy Governance for the journal Global Policy.

He has a long history of engagement with civil society organizations, including as the first international coordinator of the Climate Action Network, from 1990-92. Navroz holds PhD and MA degrees in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and an AB in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.

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