Climate Change and Africa

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Pak Sum Low
Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Business & Economics - 369 pages
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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, no environmental issue is of such truly global magnitude as the issue of climate change. The poorer, developing countries are the least equipped to adapt to the potential effects of climate change, although most of them have played an insignificant role in causing it. African countries are amongst the poorest of the developing countries. This book presents the issues of most relevance to Africa, such as past and present climate, desertification, biomass burning and its implications for atmospheric chemistry and climate, energy generation, sea-level rise, ENSO-induced drought and flood, adaptation, disaster risk reduction, the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol (especially the Clean Development Mechanism), capacity-building, and sustainable development. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of these and many other issues, with chapters by the leading experts from a range of disciplines. Climate Change and Africa will prove to be an invaluable reference for all researchers and policy makers with an interest in climate change and Africa.

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Dr Pak Sum Low is Adjunct Professor at the School of Sustainable Development, Bond University, Queensland, Australia, and at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is also International Adviser for the Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative of the Mekong River Commission. He was International Expert for UNDP-Vietnam, based in the Natural Disaster Mitigation Partnership Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (2008 2009); Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Energy Resource Section (2008) and Regional Adviser on Environment and Sustainable Development (2001 2007) at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Dr Low has also worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, 1991 1999) in Nairobi; the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK (1988 1991); the Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry (1987 1988) and the Institute for Atmospheric Chemistry (1986 1987) at the Nuclear Research Centre, Julich, Germany. He was a consultant for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat (1999 and 2000) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat (2000, 2008 and 2009). Since 2008, he has also been a regular consultant for UNDP and UNEP. Dr Low is a member of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) of the UNFCCC; a Fellow of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Thailand (since 2002); and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the International Programme on Climate Variability Risk jointly developed by the Pacific Disaster Center, Hawaii, and the Centre for Environment Research, Education and Development, Vietnam (since 2009). He was Chair of the UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour Policy Sub-Committee (1996), and a member of the UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour Selection Committee (1996 1999). He was awarded a UNEP Certificate in 1995 in recognition of his contribution to th

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