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Climate, Development and Equity

Development dialogue no. 61, September 2012
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Climate change already affects all of us, but those most vulnerable to its impacts have done the least to cause the problem. These contributions from some of the world’s most far-sighted commentators should be required reading for heads of state, policymakers, journalists, activists and the concerned public. Together, they make the loudest call for political and individual action and give governments the legitimacy to act. Unless radical cuts in emissions take place soon, the world is set for dangerous climate change, with all of humanity at peril.

This Volume presents voices from across the North and South, addressing the combined challenges of climate, development and equity. It highlights the urgency of taking action, but also shows why any attempt to tackle climate change must be grounded in equity. How will humanity fairly divide the rapidly diminishing global carbon budget, while allowing billions of people in the global South (and North) the means for economic, social and environmental well-being? How can United Nations negotiations move forward, and what are the real and false solutions?

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John Vidal
Henning Melber

Niclas Hällström

Part I » Setting the Context –
Climate, Development and Equity Challenges

Climate change going beyond dangerous
– Brutal numbers and tenuous hope

Kevin Anderson
Climate debt – A primer
Matthew Stilwell

The North-South divide, equity and development
– The need for trust-building for emergency mobilisation

Sivan Kartha, Tom Athanasiou and Paul Baer

Part II » The Climate Negotiations

A clash of paradigms
– UN climate negotiations at a crossroads

Martin Khor
Why Bolivia stood alone in opposing the
Cancun climate agreement

Pablo Solón
‘The Great Escape III’
Pablo Solón
What happened in Durban?
Weak ambitions and loopholes
India and Africa at COP 17
– The false dichotomy of ‘survival vs.development’

Sivan Kartha
Climate finance – How much is needed?
Matthew Stilwell
China and climate change – Spin, facts and realpolitik
Dale Jiajun Wen

Climate change, equity and development – India’s dilemmas
Praful Bidwai

Part III » What Next? – On Real and False Solutions

Climate as investment – Dead and living solutions
Larry Lohmann
What goes up must come down – Carbon trading,
industrial subsidies and capital market governance

Oscar Reyes
Darken the sky and whiten the earth
– The dangers of geoengineering

ETC Group – Pat Mooney, Kathy Jo Wetter and Diana Bronson
Ecological agriculture, climate resilience and adaptation
– A roadmap

Doreen Stabinsky and Lim Li Ching
A global programme to tackle energy access
and climate change

Tariq Banuri and Niclas Hällström

Reclaiming power
– An energy model for people and the planet

Pascoe Sabido and Niclas Hällström

Part IV » Movement Towards Change

Beyond patzers and clients – Strategic reflections on
climate change and the ‘Green Economy’

Larry Lohmann
Civil society strategies and the Stockholm syndrome
Pat[zer] Mooney
Leaving the oil in the soil – Communities connecting to resist oil extraction and climate change
Nnimmo Bassey
Riding the wave – How Transition Towns are
changing the world and having fun

Teresa Anderson

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