Climate Change and Global Poverty: A Billion Lives in the Balance?

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Lael Brainard, Abigail Jones, Nigel Purvis
Brookings Institution Press, Oct 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 307 pages
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Climate change threatens all people, but its adverse effects will be felt most acutely by the world's poor. Absent urgent action, new threats to food security, public health, and other societal needs may reverse hard-fought human development gains. Climate Change and Global Poverty makes concrete recommendations to integrate international development and climate protection strategies. It demonstrates that effective climate solutions must empower global development, while poverty alleviation itself must become a central strategy for both mitigating emissions and reducing global vulnerability to adverse climate impacts.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
What the Climate Crisis Means for the Poor
10
Implications for Sustainable Development
43
Toward a New International Climate Change Agreement
65
Progress and Opportunities
79
Linking Communities Forests and Carbon
87
Multiple Benefits of Mitigation and Adaptation
104
Agriculture and Water
120
Linking Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
142
What it Means for the Poor
155
Opportunities for Innovation and Experimentation
181
Exploring the Potential for PublicPrivate Insurance to Help the Worlds Poor to Adapt and Thrive as the Climate Changes
207
Mobilizing New Partnerships to Build Climate Change Resilience in Developing Countries and Communities
223
Contributors
277
Index
287
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Public Health Adaptation to Climate Change in LowIncome Countries
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About the author (2009)

Lael Brainard served as vice president and director of the Brookings Institution's Global Economy and Development program, 2006–09. She has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be under secretary of the U.S. Treasury for international affairs.

Abigail Jones is a research analyst with Brookings.

Nigel Purvis is the president of Climate Advisers and a visiting scholar at Resources for the Future. He is a former senior U.S. climate change negotiator, acting most recently as deputy assistant secretary of state for oceans, environment, and science.

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