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Author Giddens, Anthony.
Title The politics of climate change / Anthony Giddens.
Published Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2011.
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 Floor4  QC903 .G53 2011    IN LIBRARY
Edition 2nd ed., rev. and updated.
Description ix, 269 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Note Previous ed.: 2009.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-254) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Climate change, risk and danger -- Running out, running down? -- The greens and after -- The track record so far -- A return to planning? -- Technologies and taxes -- The politics of adaptation -- International negotiations, the EU and carbon markets -- The geopolitics of climate change.
Summary Since it first appeared, this book has achieved a classic status. Reprinted many times since its publication, it remains the only work that looks in detail at the political issues posed by global warming. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and provides a state-of-the-art discussion of the most formidable challenge humanity faces this century. If climate change goes unchecked, the consequences are likely to be catastrophic for human life on earth. Yet for most people and for many policy-makers too, it tends to be a back-of-the-mind issue. We recognize its importance and even its urgency, but for the most part it is swamped by more immediate concerns. Political action and intervention on local, national and international levels are going to have a decisive effect on whether or not we can limit global warming as well as how we adapt to that already occurring. However, at the moment, argues Giddens, we do not have a systematic politics of climate change. Politics-as-usual won't allow us to deal with the problems we face, while the recipes of the main challenger to orthodox politics, the green movement, are flawed at source. Giddens introduces a range of new concepts and proposals to fill in the gap, and examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security--Back cover.
Subject Climatic changes -- Political aspects.
Climatic changes -- Government policy.
Political ecology.
Energy policy.
Security, International.
ISBN 0745655149
9780745655154 (pb)
0745655157 (pb)
OCLC number 755067047