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Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed Hardcover – May 16, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company; 1 edition (May 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 981435564X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814355643
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Howard Latin is one of the world's most provocative and creative environmental experts. His new book challenges the conventional consensus about climate change. It is vintage Howard Latin, and will definitely make you think about alternative mitigation approaches." --E Donald Elliott, Professor (adj) of Law, Yale Law School, Former General Counsel of the US EPA

"This book not only presents a compelling overview of current climate change debates and the policies recommended to address the problems at hand, but it serves as a radical critique of these discussions and approaches, providing alternatives to mainstream viewpoints. More than worth reading." --Jean-Marc Coicaud, Former Director, United Nations University Office at the UN Headquarters, New York

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Howard A. Latin is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Justice John J. Francis Scholar at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. He joined the Rutgers faculty in 1976 after earning a B.A. from Brandeis and a J.D. from the Law School of the University of California at Berkeley, where he was the lead articles editor of the California Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.

Professor Latin has published many articles in the fields of environmental law, torts, and products liability, including seven articles reprinted in collections of the "best of the year" or "best of all time" in those fields. He has recently completed a book, Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed, that explains why current national and international mitigation programs would achieve too little greenhouse gas reductions over too long a period of time, and consequently would not be able to stabilize or curtail steadily increasing climate change risks. Professor Latin has also completed a long book chapter on climate change problems, Framing Global Climate Change, in William H. Rodgers, Jr., et al., eds., Climate Change: A Reader (2011). And he is now working on an article about India and its high probability of climate change disasters, while this nation must choose among alternative precautionary climate policies.

Professor Latin was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia during 1992 and South Africa during 1997. He has been a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and UCLA School of Law; a visiting scholar at the Rockefeller Institute in Lake Como, Italy, the Law School of the University of California at Berkeley, and the Richardson School of Law of the University of Hawaii; and in Spring 2006, Latin was the Distinguished Visiting Environmental Law Scholar at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR. He has traveled to more than 40 countries in the past three decades while conducting research on global climate change and international biodiversity conservation issues. Latin is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has served as a consultant on environmental and torts issues to government agencies and public advocacy groups.

Professor Latin's favorite recreational pastime is scuba diving with sharks and marine mammals, preferably hundreds at a time. He has been fortunate to combine his recreational interest in scuba diving with his professional interest in marine conservation issues around the world.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Driesen on August 2, 2012
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In this provocative book, Howard Latin makes a persuasive case that the standard policy prescriptions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (like cap-and-trade programs with slowly declining caps) will not suffice. In making this case he offers underappreciated insights into the dynamics of the climate problem and an imaginative proposal for doing better. This book stands out from the crowd because of its defiance of conventional wisdom and its willingness to grapple with the scary dynamics of a serious, cumulative, and irreversible problem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stephensugarman on July 30, 2012
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Professor Latin shows that existing climate-change policies are too weak. The reality of world population increase and the drive for improved material standards of living in the developing world requires far more dramatic action. Only an immediate and substantial investment in new greenhouse-free-gas technologies seems likely to be able to head off the pending disaster. We can't wait for cap and trade or carbon tax schemes that don't promise large carbon reductions for 30 years. A powerful critique of current worldwide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel A. Mintz on August 4, 2012
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This important book deserves a place on the bookshelf of everyone concerned about the ongoing destruction of the Earth's climate. It is well written and cogently argued. Professor Latin's thesis--that conventional approaches to climate change mitigation are deeply flawed and a strategy of decarbonization, focusing on the development and dissemination of GHG-free replacement technology, is urgently needed--is certain to be controversial. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his contentions, however, Latin's timely, vigorous and original analysis is sure to provoke thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig N. Oren on July 28, 2012
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The problem of global warming threatens our civilization. In this important book, Professor Howard A. Latin, an expert on environmental law, critiques as too timid the current proposals to curb global warming. He points out that the solutions that have been advanced will only slow global warming by a minute amount. He argues eloquently that what we need instead is a crash effort to develop a safe and carbon-free source of energy -- that is, to de-carbonize our economy. Latin, who is particularly knowledgeable about international environmental law, points out that global cooperation is needed, but it will not occur so long as developing nations are told they must curb growth that decreases poverty. Everyone interested in global warming should read the book and consider Latin's proposals.
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Of the recent spate of books about global climate change, Climate Change Policy Failures provides the clearest and most insightful critique of why current policies addressing the issue are doomed to fail. And Professor Latin offers the most creative and effective solutions for averting the climate-related devastation the scientific community warns we are facing. For lay readers, policy makers, and technocrats alike, this is essential reading for anyone interested in one of the most critical issues of our time.
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