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Primer on Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Facts, Policy Analysis and Applications

By: Mohan Munasinghe and Rob Swart

445 pages, 70 line illus, 41 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2005 | #144215 | ISBN: 0521008883
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Presents a condensed review of the latest assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Current knowledge of the basic science of climate change is laid out, and future scenarios of development within the context of climate change are dicussed. Possible adaptation and mitigation measures, including cost and benefit analysis, are presented.


Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1. Climate change: scientific background and introduction; 2. Future scenarios of development and climate change; 3. Framework for making development more sustainable: concepts and analytical tools; 4. Making development more sustainable; 5. Adaptation to climate change: concepts, approaches and linkages with wider sustainable development issues; 6. Vulnerability, impacts and adaptation by sectors and systems; 7. Vulnerability, impacts and adaptation by geographic region; 8. Mitigating climate change: concepts and linkages with sustainable development; 9. Mitigating measures: technologies, practices, barriers and policy instruments; 10. Assessment of mitigation costs and benefits; 11. Climate change and sustainable development: a synthesis; Index.

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Professor Mohan Munasinghe has post-graduate degrees in engineering, physics and development economics, from Cambridge University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, and Concordia University. Presently, he is Chairman of the Munasinghe Institute For Development (MIND), Colombo; Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Geneva; and Hon. Chief Energy Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka, Colombo. From 1974-2002, he worked for the World Bank, Washington DC, in various positions including Director and Senior Advisor. From 1982 to 1987, he was the Senior Energy Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka. During 1990-92, he served as Advisor to the United States President's Council on Environmental Quality. He has implemented international development projects for three decades, and contributed to IPCC work for 15 years. He has won a number of international awards and medals for his research, authored over 80 books and several hundred technical papers, and serves on the editorial boards of a dozen international journals. Dr Rob Swart was trained as an environmental engineer at Delft Technological University and received his PhD on the risks of climate change from Amsterdam Free University. He has held various positions at the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) since 1980, and also spent time working for the World Health Organization and the US Environmental Protection Agency. He has also worked on projects in the area of global change and sustainability for the Stockholm Environment Institute, the OECD and UNEP. He was Head of the Technical Support Unit of Working Group III of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and co-editor of the IPCC Third Assessment Report Climate Change 2001: Mitigation (2001, Cambridge University Press) and the IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (2000, Cambridge University Press). Currently, he is manager of the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change of the European Environment Agency.

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