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Climate Change in the South Pacific: Impacts in Australia, New Zealand, and Small Islands States

Gillespie, Alexander; Burns, William C.G.

Published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000
ISBN 10: 079236077X / ISBN 13: 9780792360773
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Title: Climate Change in the South Pacific: Impacts...

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Good

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Bumping/chipping, light soiling along covers. Light soiling along page edges. Good condition. Light to moderate shelf wear, creasing on covers. Binding intact. (SS37). Bookseller Inventory # 100420268

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Synopsis: ALEXANDER GILLESPIE & WILLIAM C.G. BURNS The idea for this book grew out of the Ecopolitics conference in Canberra, Australia in 1996. The conference captured the ferment of the climate change debate in the South Pacific, as well as some its potential implications for the region?s inhabitants and e- systems. At that conference, one of the editors (Gillespie) delivered a paper on climate change issues in the region, as did Ros Taplin and Mark Diesendorf, who are also c- tributors to this volume. This book focuses on climate change issues in Australia, New Zealand, and the small island nations in the Pacific as the world struggles to cope with possible the impacts of environmental change and to formulate effective responses. While Australia and New Zealand?s per capita emissions of greenhouse gases are among the highest in the world, their aggregate contributions are small. However, both nations may exert a disprop- tionate influence in the global greenhouse debate because their obstinate positions at recent conferences of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on C- mate Change (FCCC) may provide justification for other developed nations, as well as developing countries, to refuse to make meaningful reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions.

Product Description: The contributors to this book focus on climate change issues in Australia, New Zealand and the small island nations in the South Pacific, as the world struggles to formulate responses and cope with possible impacts of global warming. The emphasis is on the scientific, political and legal issues that frame the climate change debate. An effort is made to assess the implications of climate on critical ecosystems in the region, as well as possible social and economic impacts on the region's inhabitants. Many of the contributors also discuss the role of regional actors, including government representatives and non-government organizations, in the formulation and evolution of the primary international legal instrument that addresses climate change, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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