Book review: The challenge of climate change: which way now?

10th January 2011


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The challenge of climate change: which way now?

Daniel Perlmutter and Robert L Rothstein / Wiley-Blackwell / Paperback £19.99 / ISBN 978-0-4706-5497-2

This book explores both the problems and opportunities presented by international agreements, but suffers from being written before the outcome of the COP16 climate change summit in Cancun.

There is a whole chapter devoted to the COP15 conference in Copenhagen, for example.

Despite the poor timing, it provides a good list of priorities for the next two decades and beyond, including both measures that countries can pursue unilaterally – from energy efficiency to cap-and-trade legislation – and measures that require international cooperation, such as information sharing about carbon capture and storage, and a global agreement on emissions-reduction targets, monitoring and enforcement.


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