A Student Primer
A Student Primer
Contemporary Climate Change Debates is an innovative textbook which tackles some of the difficult questions raised by climate change.
For the complex policy challenges surrounding climate adaptation and resilience, structured debates become effective learning devices for students. This book is organized around fifteen important questions, and is split into four parts:
- What do we need to know?
- What should we do?
- On what grounds should we base our actions?
- Who should be the agents of change?
Each debate is addressed by two leading academics who present opposing viewpoints. Through this format the book is not only designed to introduce students of climate change to different arguments prompted by these questions, but also provides a unique opportunity for them to engage in critical thinking and debate amongst themselves. Each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading and for discussion questions for use in student classes.
Drawing upon the social sciences and humanities to debate these ethical, cultural, legal, social, economic, technological and political roadblocks, Contemporary Debates on Climate Change is essential reading for all students of climate change, as well as those studying environmental policy and politics and sustainable development more broadly.
Preface: Why and how to debate climate change
1. Is Climate Change the Most Important Challenge of our Times?
Sarah Cornell and Aarti Gupta
PART 1: What do we Need to Know?
2. Is the Concept of ‘Tipping Point’ Helpful for Describing and Communicating Possible Climate Futures?
Michel Crucifix and James Annan
3. Should Individual Extreme Weather Events be Attributed to Human Agency?
Friederike Otto and Greg Lusk
4. Does Climate Change Drive Violence, Conflict and Human Migration?
David Zhang and Qing Pei; Christiane Fröhlich and Tobias Ide
5. Can the Social Cost of Carbon be Calculated?
Reyer Gerlagh and Roweno Heijmans; Kozo Mayumi
PART 2: What Should we do?
6. Are Carbon Markets the Best Way to Address Climate Change?
Misato Sato and Timothy Laing; Mike Hulme
7. Should Future Investments in Energy Technology be Limited Exclusively to Renewables?
Jennie Stephens and Gregory Nemet
8. Is it Necessary to Research Solar Climate Engineering as a Possible Backstop Technology?
Jane C.S. Long and Rose Cairns
PART 3: On what Grounds should we Base our Actions?
9.Is Emphasising Consensus in Climate Science Helpful for Policymaking?
John Cook and Warren Pearce
10.Do Rich People rather than Rich Countries Bear the Greatest Responsibility for Climate Change?
Paul G. Harris and Kenneth Shockley
11. Is Climate Change a Human Rights Violation?
Catriona McKinnon and Marie-Catherine Petersmann
PART 4: Who Should be the Agents of Change?
12. Does Successful Emissions Reduction Lie in the Hands of Non-State rather than State Actors?
Liliana Andronova and Kim Coetzee
13. Is Legal Adjudication Essential for Enforcing Ambitious Climate Change Policies?
Eloise Scotford; Marjan Peeters and Ellen Vos
14. Does the ‘Chinese Model’ of Environmental Governance Demonstrate to the World how to Govern the Climate?
Tianbao Qin and Meng Zhang; Lei Liu and Pu Wang
15. Are New Social Media Making Constructive Climate Policymaking Harder?
Mike S. Schäfer and Peter North