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The Earthscan Reader on Adaptation to Climate Change

Edited By: Lisa Schipper and Ian Burton

288 pages, figures, tables


Paperback | Jun 2008 | #173548 | ISBN-13: 9781844075317
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Climate change is now upon us. While mitigation is essential to reduce the future severity of climate change, it will take time and some effects will inevitably continue for centuries. Consequently, more attention is now also being directed to adaptation as a means of reducing losses. As the importance of adaptation becomes more apparent, there is need for wider appreciation and understanding of the concept and its potential as well as the obstacles to its effective deployment.

This reader, the first of its kind, pulls together and makes sense of the most significant writings on adaptation to climate change from the past two decades. An introduction maps out the field and traces the evolution of adaptation from a biological concept into a policy objective. The literature is divided into five sections.

'A highly recommended must-read for anybody seeking a sound understanding of the science, concepts, practice and policy pertaining to adaptation.' Hassan Virji, Director, The International START Secretariat 'This reader, drawn from the inputs of many experts, provides essential reading for those interested in climate change and adaptation issues, including policymakers, planners, the business sector, NGOs, students and researchers, and wider civil society.' Professor Coleen Vogel, BMW Chair of Sustainability, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa 'This reader is valuable for scientists, and for policymakers and decision-makers in developing countries, because it provides easy access to seminal papers on adaptation.' Saleemul Huq, Head of the Climate Change Group, International Institute for Environment and Development 'Climate change is fundamentally changing the context in which development is planned and implemented. The gap between the climate change and development communities must therefore be bridged. This book gives us the analyses and concepts that will enable the two to meet.' Johan Schaar, Director, Commission on Climate Change and Development, Sweden 'An excellent reference for scholars, NGOs and policymakers alike.' International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management ' is refreshing to encounter a volume that dares to step outside the hackneyed narratives and fractured politics in climate change and address the ways in which human societies have been responding to its impact.' Emilian Kavalski, Political Studies Review 'This volume would be of interest to a growing cohort of students of global environmental politics. However, it will also benefit those interested in security studies, global governance, international relations and comparative politics.' Emilian Kavalski, Political Studies Review 'The Reader provides some useful insights into the conceptual and theoretical consideration of adaptation...It will inevitably find a place in many university libraries throughout the world' Ian Fry, RECIEL


Part I: Adaptation Science examines the evolution of conceptual thinking about adaptation and tackles the complexities of conceptual issues.; Part II: Adaptation, Coping and Resilience covers the specifics of what adaptation is and features case studies and examples of adaptation, constraints to adaptation and examinations of adaptation vis-a-vis coping and resilience.; Part III: Adaptation, Risk and Vulnerability discusses the specific role of adaptation in reducing vulnerability to climate change and disaster risk and the relationship between adaptation and risk management.; Part IV: Adaptation and Development covers the relationship between future development and immense challenges posed by the needs of adaptation.; Part V: Adaptation and Climate Change Policy discusses adaptation within the UNFCCC and other policy mechanisms, such as insurance and legal issues arising from adaptation.

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E. Lisa F. Schipper is a researcher at the Southeast Asia regional centre of the Global Change SysTem for Analysis, Research and Training (START), in Thailand. Ian Burton is a Scientist Emeritus at the Meteorological Service of Canada and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto. He has served as a Lead Author of IPCC Assessments and as a consultant on adaptation to the UNFCCC Secretariat.

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