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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Contents

role in atmospheric
79
Science
90
The relative importance of the different forcings mitigation and policy
107
11 Natural resources population growth
113
Interactions of desertification and climate in 12 Sustainable energy development and the Clean
124
Opportunities for clean energy in the SADC
136
Regional approaches to global climate change
150
solar home systems
163
Potential impacts of sealevel rise
191
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Climate change mitigation analysis in southern
287
Capacitybuilding initiatives to implement
297
Lessons for developing countries from
319
Opportunities for Africa to integrate climate
326
Index
339

Climatefriendly energy policies for Egypts
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