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From Kyoto To The Town Hall

Author: Anders Biel
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 1849771413
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International agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, EU regulation and country-specific national climate policies offer some hope of addressing climate change. But all too often implementation of these high level objectives is derailed at the sub-national, local and - perhaps most important - individual level, by a variety of structural, policy and perceived barriers that result in a failure of effective action.Drawing on original research from Sweden, a world leader in effective environmental solutions, this volume examines the difficulties of aligning climatepolicy from international to national and sub-national levels. The authors address the full range of barriers and complexities, including governance structures, the relationship between 'experts' and the public, political feasibility, tax measures, perceptions of 'fairness' and self-interest, and the importance of environmental values. Also covered are the roles and perceptions of organizations and professions, the place of carbon-free technologies (such as wind power), the relationship between national and EU regulations, and the monumental challenge of governing the climate in a bordered and divided world.This volume is a vital source of information for all those seeking to create effective, coordinated responses to the challenge of climate change.

Turning Down The Heat

Author: Hugh Compston
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN: 9780230202047
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This book explores political strategies for governments that wish to take stronger action on climate change.The issue of climate change and policies designed to control it is very topical and likely to remain so. There are no recent surveys of the politics of climate change that cover a range of affluent democracies. For these reasons the book should be of interest not only to social scientists, and students on social science and environmental studies courses, but also to participants in the policy process and observers of climate policy and policy-making.This study analyses the politics of climate policy in a range of affluent democracies and at EU level in order to identify political strategies that would make it easier for governments to make major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions without sustaining significant political damage.

Christians The Care Of Creation And Global Climate Change

Author: Lindy Scott
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630877026
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Proposes that Christians and others need to demonstrate their love for God and God's people by caring for creation. Examines scientific evidence about global warming and encourages taking individual and collective action to prevent it.

The Urban Climate Challenge

Author: Craig Johnson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317680065
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Drawing upon a variety of empirical and theoretical perspectives, The Urban Climate Challenge provides a hands-on perspective about the political and technical challenges now facing cities and transnational urban networks in the global climate regime. Bringing together experts working in the fields of global environmental governance, urban sustainability and climate change, this volume explores the ways in which cities, transnational urban networks and global policy institutions are repositioning themselves in relation to this changing global policy environment. Focusing on both Northern and Southern experience across the globe, three questions that have strong bearing on the ways in which we understand and assess the changing relationship between cities and global climate system are examined. How are cities repositioning themselves in relation to the global climate regime? How are cities being repositioned – conceptually and epistemologically? What are the prospects for crafting policies that can reduce the urban carbon footprint while at the same time building resilience to future climate change? The Urban Climate Challenge will be of interest to scholars of urban climate policy, global environmental governance and climate change. It will be of interest to readers more generally interested in the ways in which cities are now addressing the inter-related challenges of sustainable urban growth and global climate change. Chapter 9 and Chapter 11 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.

The Congress Of Local And Regional Authorities Texts Adopted 17th Session 13 To 15 October 2009

ISBN: 9789287167569
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This publication brings together the texts adopted by the Standing Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The Congress, a consultative body of the Council of Europe, is made up of two chambers: one representing local authorities, the other the regions. Its aim is to reinforce democratic structures at local and regional level, and in particular to help the newly-emerging democracies in central and eastern Europe. The Congress adopts three different types of texts: recommendations, opinions and resolutions. Recommendations are proposals to the Committee of Ministers, and their application is left up to each member government. Sometimes they are also addressed to other international organisations. Opinions usually refer to questions to the Congress from the Committee of Ministers or the Parliamentary Assembly. The Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly consult the Congress on questions which are likely to affect the competence and the basic interests of the local and regional authorities which the Congress represents. Resolutions reflect the decisions that the Congress is authorised to take, or make recommendations to local and/or regional authorities and their associations.

Leveling The Carbon Playing Field

Author: Trevor Houser
Publisher: Peterson Institute
ISBN: 0881325430
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Examines US domestic climate legislation in the face of foreign competition that is not bound to reduce emissions under the current international climate framework.