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Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed 1st Edition

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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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At the recent UN Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun, the developed nations promised hundreds of billions of dollars in financial aid to help developing countries overcome global climate change dangers. Moreover, developed nations need to spend billions more to limit their own greenhouse gas pollution, the cause of global warming and climate change. Will all this money and effort be wasted? This book argues that nearly all of the world's climate policy makers and expert advisors have been making tragic mistakes that ensure the failures of climate change mitigation attempts.

The great majority of climate change programs, from American congressional bills to cap-and-trade economic incentive schemes to the Kyoto Protocol and other international treaties, rely on greenhouse gas emissions-reduction targets that will prove "too little, too late" by deferring strict pollution controls too far into the future. The inadequate emissions-reduction measures also will not be able to bridge the gap between the highest priorities of developed and developing nations. Vast discharges of greenhouse gases authorized by weak emissions-reduction programs in the next several decades virtually guarantee that the cumulative concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will keep increasing while climate change continues to grow worse.

Rather than adopting ineffectual emissions-reduction programs that cannot limit the cumulative concentration of greenhouse gases in the air, this book proposes a shift to a "clean" technology-replacement strategy that could support current lifestyles and expanding economic development without further damaging our climate. The only way to reduce the greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere enough to decrease climate change hazards is to replace large pollution sources as rapidly as feasible in as many industrial sectors and geographic regions as possible with "clean" alternative technologies, processes, and methods.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company; 1 edition (May 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 981435564X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814355643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,998,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Howard Latin is unafraid to look straight at the issue and give us the straight answer about how successful we are going to be at dealing with it, using the partial measures we are planning. His diagnosis of the problem and prescription for addressing it is one that many may not wish to hear, but we do not have the luxury of wishing things were other than they are. Today, we have the beginnings of a movement to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground. But four years ago Latin wrote "We need to eliminate as much GHG pollution as feasible as soon as feasible in as many contexts as feasible." He explained that when the bathtub is overflowing, that it really doesn't do much to sop up some of the mess, that you need to stop adding water. The metaphor for what we are doing to the atmosphere is apt and concise. The truth is not easy to see or hear, but Latin has done the world a service in stating it, clearly and without softening the message. We owe him gratitude for his forthright statement of the way things are and what will be necessary for the preservation of civilization as we know it.
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