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Saving Kyoto [Paperback]

by Graciela Chichilnisky, Kristen A. Sheeran
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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October 16, 2009 1847734316 978-1847734310
Chichilnisky's first-hand accounts of the rivalries and intrigues that always attend international summiteering are fascinating, as is the rest of the book. - Geographical magazine Publishing in August 2009 in time for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen on 7-18 December 2009, where the future of the Kyoto Protocol will be decided A fantastic reference material for anyone interested in saving the planet as well as students of environmental studies, climate change, politics and international political economics For the first time in recorded history, humans are altering the planet in ways that endanger its basic life-support systems. Human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases have changed the Earth's atmosphere, unleashing potentially catastrophic climate changes that threaten the survival of human civilisation. Saving Kyoto focuses on international efforts to confront the crisis and provides a colourful overview of the history of global climate negotiations, explaining why international cooperation between poor and rich nations has become critical. The Kyoto Protocol is a historic agreement, the first of its kind to be based on the creation of a new market - a market based on trade in user rights to the global atmospheric commons. Detailing how the Kyoto Protocol originated, the debates and conflicts leading up to its signing in 1997, the main protagonists behind its creation and the current issues that threaten to undermine it, the book explains the importance of the carbon market - potentially the largest commodity market in the world - from an insider's perspective. After reading this book, readers will understand how the carbon market can help to close the global income divide while resolving the climate crisis. They will understand why we need to save Kyoto

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About the Author

Graciela Chichilnisky has worked extensively in the Kyoto Protocol process, creating and designing the carbon market that became international law in 2005. Professor Chichilnisky acted as a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which received the 2007 Nobel Prize for its work in deciding world policy with respect to climate change. UNESCO Professor of Mathematics and Economics and Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management at Columbia University, she is the author of some 200 scientific articles and 13 books, including Environmental Markets: Equity and Efficiency (Columbia University Press, 2000). Kristen A. Sheeran is Associate Professor of Economics at St Mary's College of Maryland and Interim Executive Director of Economics for Equity and the Environment. She has written many articles on environmental issues and has lectured on climate change.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Uk Ltd (October 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847734316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847734310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Scenes from the fight to guard the environment April 17, 2010
If you're looking for an on-the-ground look at one major environmental struggle, "Saving Kyoto" will explain, identify the issues and tell you the consequences of failing to follow the guidelines.

Two economics professors, Graciela Chichilnisky, who worked on the carbon market aspect of the protocols process, and Kristen A. Sheeran, who writes about environmental issues, outline the protocols, which were established by a UN agency and designed to counter climate change and limit the creation of greenhouse gases.

The protocols were first adopted in 1997 and since have achieved acceptance, at varying levels, in about 187 countries. By accepting the protocols, countries agree to lower emissions, through various tactics and policies.

They tell readers about the key players, some of the political battles that led up to the agreement, and the struggles between the rich and poor nations to achieve the goals and assure fair treatment.

This is a sober book, designed to influence people with pure facts, not rhetoric, and to show people the deep science of the economics that underlie the effort to clean up the environment. Though written by two academic experts, its style is easy to understand, if a little on the dull side. You won't walk away ready to man the barricades, but you will be much better informed, and alarmed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Information and timely December 31, 2011
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Outstanding perspective on the CO2 issue facing the planet. We must act now to reduce green house gases as well as find alternative methods to capture and re-purpose.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, not to mention nearly illegible October 4, 2010
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Do publishers really think we need another primer on the climate change problems and possible policy/political responses? From the blurb, I bought this expecting an in-depth analysis of how the Kyoto mechanisms really work, or fail to work. Instead, this book is a superficial, breezy treatment of the problem, Kyoto mechanisms, and post-Bali situation. I learned NOTHING I did not already know as a regular reader of news on the topic. Given all the bragging in the cover copy about the author's credentials in economics and insider status, I expected more. Much more.

Moreover, as a member of the over 50 club, even with a brand new eyeglasses prescription with plenty of add in the bifocal, I could barely read this book because of the tiny print. It was painful, like reading the dosage instructions on a small bottle of generic antihistamine. I understand the need for cost control in publishing, but this book is nearly useless for most people over 45, regardless of its content.
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