• Publication Date: April 3, 2012
  • EAN: 9781862878723
  • 256 pages; 6" x 8⅝"
Filed Under: Environmental

Climate Change and Australia

Warming to the Global Challenge


Product Description

Climate change is one of the most hotly debated issues of this century. Politicians have risen and fallen on its wake, elections have been fought around it, and international leaders have come under unprecedented scrutiny by civil society. As Australia is battered by hotter summers, more frequent and severe floods, devastating bushfires, water shortages in capital cities, and coastal erosion on its beaches, more and more often the question being asked is , ‘Is climate change the cause?’

This book provides a clear, balanced account of the science on climate change, how it is affecting the planet and Australia, and the policy options available to Australia and the world to deal with it.

It draws on the expertise of its authors from the disciplines of science, economics, geography and international law. Inquisitive readership will find this book compelling.

Ben Saul is Professor of International Law and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Faculty of Law, The University of Sydney.

Steven Sherwood is a Professor at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and Director of the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

Jane McAdam is a Professor and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC.

Tim Stephens is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law.

James Slezak is a partner and head of the Sustainability Practice at New York-based social change agency Purpose, and an affiliate at the Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Introduction: Warming to a Global Challenge
A Crisis in Slow Motion: The Science of Global Warming and the Response Needed
Climate Change and Australia: A Vulnerable Continent in a Vulnerable Region
Global Climate Law and Politics: From Rio to Cancún and Beyond
Australia’s Response to Climate Change
Climate Change ‘Refugees’?: Climate-Related Displacement and Migration
‘Climate Wars’?: Conflict, Security and Climate Change

This is an engaging and well-written book. … It largely achieves the aim and does provide a clear and readable account of the authors’ analysis of several important issues relating to the complex topic of climate change. It is refreshingly honest in explaining to the reader its predominant point of view from the outset.

For anyone interested in climate change and the debate surrounding it, this eclectic and wide ranging work is definitely worth reading, as a well referenced general introduction to many recent issues surrounding anthropogenic global warming and the international and domestic policy and legal response to it. Read full review… – Clifford Ireland, Bar News, Summer 2012-2013

Climate Change and Australia is written by a team of authors led by a trio of highly regarded and research-active climate law scholars. … The book complements the work of the federal government’s Climate Commission by introducing a greater diversity of expert voices, in particular the legal voice, into the current national discourse about climate changes. Read full review… – Inprint, Law Institute Journal Victoria, Jan/Feb 2013

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