Feeling the Heat: The Politics of Climate Policy in Rapidly by Ian Bailey, Hugh Compston

By Ian Bailey, Hugh Compston

To prevent out of control weather switch, greenhouse gasoline emissions should be introduced below regulate by means of significant emitters open air the prosperous West. The authors examine the political hindrances in BRIC nations and what their governments may do to reinforce weather regulations with out incurring critical political harm.

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2007). Although carbon pricing by one country tends to reduce the price competitiveness of its carbon-intensive sectors, this may be offset by transitional measures, exchange-rate adjustments or improvements in non-price competitiveness. Equally, the extent of competitiveness impacts varies with the international exposure of the sector and detailed scrutiny is needed of industry claims about competitiveness losses to ensure appropriate balancing measures are developed (Grubb et al. 2005). The risk nevertheless remains that developing countries will be encouraged to invest in obsolete technologies that are ‘exported’ by developed countries.

Although many unknowns and uncertainties exist in the effects and feedbacks of climate change, mitigation reduces the risks of dangerous outcomes more than adaptation and also reduces the level of adaptation and adaptation costs needed. Costs and co-benefits nevertheless also occur; the prime example of the former is more expensive energy, whereas co-benefits include reduced air pollution and greater rural employment in biomass projects (Barker et al. 2007). Geographical distinctions between adaptation and mitigation policy also arise from the fact that adaptation is mainly associated with ameliorating location-specific effects, whilst mitigation is a global issue because of the global diffusion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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