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CLIMATE AND ATMOSPHERE
This page was updated on: 01/12/10
PROTECTING THE OZONE LAYER: THE UNITED NATIONS HISTORY
(Earthscan 2002) Authored by Stephen Andersen and K Madhava Sarma, this book considers the role of UNEP in global efforts to protect the Earth’s ozone layer through the Montreal Protocol. The book provides an “inspirational story” about the success of the Montreal Protocol, capturing the science and diplomacy contributing to the most successful international environmental agreement to-date. For more information visit: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=3766
GLOBAL WARMING AND SOCIAL INNOVATION – THE CHALLENGE OF A CLIMATE-NEUTRAL SOCIETY
(Earthscan 2002) Edited by David de Jager, Andre Faaij, Marcel Kok and Walter Vermeulen, this book envisions a climate-neutral society – one where the output of greenhouse gases is minimized by social innovations set up in households, by local authorities, through developments in information and communications technologies and dematerialization, and through the shift towards product service systems and emissions trading. For more information visit: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=3808
GOLD STANDARD FOR KYOTO PROTOCOL PROJECTS
(WWF 2002) The Gold Standard: Quality Standards for the CDM and JI offers the first best practice benchmark for CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) and JI (Joint Implementation) projects. It provides project developers with tools to ensure that these projects deliver credible outcomes, including real environmental benefits. Available online at: http://www.panda.org/downloads/climate_change/cop8standards.pdf
GREENHOUSE & STATEHOUSE: THE EVOLVING STATE GOVERNMENT ROLE IN CLIMATE CHANGE.
(Pew Centre on Global Climate Change 2002) This report by Barry Rabe tracks trends in climate change action by US States and draws conclusions on the potential of State action and its implications for national climate policy. It features case studies of nine States - Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin - that have taken action to mitigate climate change. Available online at: http://www.pewclimate.org/media/pr_states_greenhouse.cfm
CAPITAL CYCLES AND THE TIMING OF CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY.
(Pew Center on Global Climate Change 2002) This publication by Robert J. Lempert, Steven W. Popper, Susan A. Resetar and Stuart L. Hart investigates patterns of capital investment and retirement, or ï¿½capital cycles,ï¿½ and discusses implications for climate change policy. Outcomes show that capital has no fixed cycle and firms often invest in new capital to capture new markets. It further notes that in the absence of policy or market incentives, expected equipment lifetimes and the availability of more efficient technologies are not significant drivers of capital stock decisions. Available online at: http://www.pewclimate.org/media/pr_capital_cycles.cfm
BUILDING ON THE KYOTO PROTOCOL: OPTIONS FOR PROTECTING THE CLIMATE
(WRI 2002) This book by Kevin A. Baumert with Odile Blanchard, Silvi Llosa and James Perkaus considers a wide range of options to promote long-term climate protection and bridge the growing divide among nations over how to take action. Available online at: http://climate.wri.org/pubs_description.cfm?PubID=3762
SELLING FOREST ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES: MARKET-BASED MECHANISMS FOR CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT
(IIED 2002) Founded on case studies of markets for carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, watershed protection, this book demonstrates how payment systems can be established in practice, and describes their effectiveness and their implications for the poor. The book.
DAMMING THE CDM
(International Rivers Network and CDM Watch 2002) This report released in the midst of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties states that big hydropower projects threaten the effectiveness and credibility of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and risks undermining the entire Kyoto Protocol by providing carbon reduction credits for projects that do not actually reduce emissions. The report notes that seven hydro projects ï¿½ which account for nearly 40% of the credits being claimed by the 30 projects moving through the CDM approval process ï¿½ were already planned and being developed. Most are thus non-additional and provide industrialized countries with a loophole in the reduction targets they agreed under the Protocol. The report is available online at: http://www.irn.org/programs/greenhouse/021025.dammingthecdm.pdf
(WRI 2002) The report by Duncan Austin and Amanda Sauer evaluates how environmental issues might impact the future financial performance of leading companies in the oil and gas sector. For more information visit: http://pubs.wri.org/pubs_description.cfm?PubID=3719
(WRI 2002) This policy brief by Anthony C. Janetos and Amy Wagener identifies the research needed to understand effects of climate change policies on public health, transportation, and ecosystems in order to have a more complete picture of the potential consequences such policies have for the environment and the economy. For more information visit: http://www.wri.org/climate/janetos_ancillary.html
POWER POLITICS: EQUITY AND ENVIRONMENT IN ELECTRICITY REFORM
(WRI 2002) The report by Navroz Dubash draws on past experience from six country studies, providing recommendations for including environmental concerns and social public benefits as integral parts of reforms in the electric power sector. For more information visit: http://pubs.wri.org/pubs_description.cfm?PubID=3159